Anonymous “hacks period tracking apps and deletes data to protect abortion seekers” after Supreme Court ruling
Hacker group Anonymous claims it has “hacked and deleted” data from period tracking apps to protect the identities of potential abortion seekers.
The hacktivists’ latest claims come as American women have begun deleting period tracking apps amid the Supreme Court’s decision to overturn the abortion ruling, Roe v Wade.
“Data from period tracking apps has been hacked and deleted to avoid identifying possible abortion in states where abortion is now banned. #Anonymous #OpJane,” the hacker group tweeted Thursday.
American women fear that the data collected by the apps could be used against them in future criminal cases in states where abortion has been made illegal.
Women began deleting the apps in May when a draft of the court’s opinion suggesting they would overturn Roe v Wade was leaked.
However, it has since intensified after the court voted to veto the federal right to abortion.
Period tracking apps like Flo have announced a new “anonymous mode” feature that will allow users to remove name, email, address and technical identifiers from their profile.
“You deserve the right to protect your data,” Flo tweeted on June 24 after the Supreme Court’s decision.
“We will soon launch an ‘Anonymous Mode’ that removes your personal identity from your Flo account so no one can identify you.”
Flo has gathered more than 48 million active users and is one of the largest health apps on the market.
ROE V WADE WAITED
The court’s 5-4 decision would leave the issue of abortion up to state legislatures, ultimately resulting in a total ban on the procedure in about half of the states.
Associate Justice Samuel Alito was joined in his opinion by Justices Clarence Thomas, Neil Gorsuch, Brett Kavanaugh and Amy Coney Barrett.
In the court’s ruling on June 24, Alito called Roe “grossly flawed from the start.”
He said the constitution “does not grant the right to abortion,” and declared that the decision should ultimately be left to the state to regulate.
“Abortion presents a profound moral issue. The Constitution does not prohibit the citizens of each state from regulating or prohibiting abortion.
“Roe and Casey asserted that authority. The Court overrules those decisions and returns that authority to the people and their elected representatives.”
The states that may implement total or near-total abortion restrictions include Alabama, Arizona, Arkansas, Georgia, Idaho, Iowa, Kentucky, Louisiana, Michigan, Mississippi, Missouri, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Utah , West Virginia, Wisconsin and Wyoming.
Democrat-appointed Justices Breyer, Sonia Sotomayor and Elena Kagan dissented.
“With sadness — for this Court, but more, for the many millions of American women who today have lost a basic constitutional protection — we dissent,” they wrote.