AG says Apple ‘must do better’ on reproductive health data

Connecticut Attorney General William Tong and several of his counterparts are calling for Apple to better protect consumers’ reproductive health information on apps available through its App Store after the US Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade in June.

In a letter sent Monday to Apple Chief Executive Tim Cook, Tong and other attorneys general said Apple needs to take stronger measures to protect personal reproductive health data collected from users of apps hosted on the App Store. because he said the information “could be” weaponized against consumers by law enforcement, private entities or individuals.

“From basic health and wellness apps, to period tracking, fertility and pregnancy tracking apps, we’ve enabled our phones to collect, maintain — and sometimes share — our most personal and private reproductive health information, Tong, a Democrat who was re-elected to a second term on Nov. 8, said in a statement. “Apple says it has strong privacy and security measures in place for its devices, yet those protections do not extend to the apps hosted on their store. Apple could do better to demand stronger privacy protections.” and to ensure that private reproductive health information is not used to criminalize and harass those who seek and provide abortion care.

In addition to Tong, the attorneys general of New Jersey, California, Oregon, Massachusetts, Washington, North Carolina, Illinois, Vermont and Washington, DC also signed the letter.

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