Google Maps Regularly Misleads People Searching for Abortion Clinics

By Davey Alba and Jack Gillum Technology
Design & development by Cedric Sam

August 15, 2022

Chey was a 19-year-old college sophomore
living near Orlando, Florida, when she discovered she was pregnant and decided
to have an abortion. She didn’t have anyone she could ask for guidance, so she
searched Google for a nearby clinic. “I wanted to find somewhere close to my
partner, so I could tell him and bring him with me,” she said in a recent
interview.

A Google Maps query for an abortion led her
somewhere that offered the opposite: a so-called crisis pregnancy center—a type
of non-medical organization with a mission to encourage women like Chey to go
through with their unwanted pregnancies.

continued: https://www.bloomberg.com/graphics/2022-google-search-abortion-clinic-crisis-pregnancy-center/


USA – ‘Lock it down right now’: Abortion rights advocates prepare for a new wave of digital security threats

Advocates and abortion providers are reassessing their digital security practices ahead of an expected rise in cyberattacks and surveillance.

by SAM SABIN
06/17/2022

Abortion rights groups are using software that protects privacy and are honing other strategies to combat digital threats that they expect will worsen in a post-Roe world.

Those efforts are gaining new urgency as a looming Supreme Court ruling threatens to open a new wave of security threats for people seeking abortions and their health care providers.

https://www.politico.com/news/2022/06/17/abortion-rights-advocates-digital-security-threats-00040654


USA – Looming abortion law changes are pushing clinics to take a look at digital privacy

Some clinic employees say they are embracing encrypted messaging apps and Zoom meetings to leave less of an electronic paper trail.

June 8, 2022
By Kevin Collier

With the Supreme Court poised to overturn Roe v. Wade, the landmark decision that enshrined the constitutional right to abortion nearly 50 years ago, some abortion providers are rushing to take precautions to guard their communications and their patients’ data, fearing that the information could be used in future prosecutions.

Others are already a step ahead of them. Mia Raven, the director of policy at the West Alabama Women’s Center, said her clinic runs almost exclusively on paper. It’s a strategy she said is meant to ensure patient privacy.

Continued: https://www.nbcnews.com/tech/security/abortion-clinics-providers-digital-privacy-roe-overturn-rcna30654