Learn How to Keep Your Reproductive Decisions Private and Secure

The Digital Defense Fund has put together a guide to privacy for those seeking information about abortions and pregnancy.

Many companies watch what we do online and use our phones to track where we go. These records are sold to companies who target us with ads. This is how Facebook can show you an ad for items you just looked at in an online store!

The Digital Defense Fund has created a page listing different security-related threats and what you can do to keep your information safe and secure.

Possible concerns include:

  • Seeing advertisements related to pregnancy/abortion
  • Tech companies like Facebook and Google storing information about your pregnancy/abortion
  • That the person who pays your phone bill can see your texts
  • That someone who can access, steal, or demand your phone will see your messages or your browsing history
  • Your phone company keeps copies of your browsing history or texts about your abortion
  • Protestors outside the clinic may violate your privacy

Learn how to keep your searches and online activity private!

Your phone’s browser stores your browsing history and lets cookies and scripts track you. Here are a few helpful tips to make it harder for people to extract information about you from your phone.

  • Use DuckDuckGo instead of Google to search. DuckDuckGo does not save your search data or collect any information about you.
  • Use Firefox Focus instead of your phone’s default browser. Firefox Focus is a privacy-focused browser that blocks third party trackers, which can be used to target you with ads.
  • Turn off location sharing. Many apps ask for location permissions and sell that data to advertisers. Law enforcement also buys this data to surveil oppressed communities.
  • Disable your mobile ad ID. Turning off your mobile ad ID will limit the ways that companies can connect your location, search data, and browsing history.

Worried about protestors outside of clinics violating your privacy?

Unfortunately, some people who are against abortion stand outside abortion clinics to try to shame and embarrass people going into the clinic. These people don’t know anything about you, your life, or your pregnancy.

The solution:

  • Wear a hat or hoodie, sunglasses, and your mask to make it harder for protestors to recognize you.
  • Use an umbrella to create a physical barrier between you and the protestors!
  • Only you know what is best for you. Think of a comforting phrase that reminds yourself of this, and repeat it to yourself.

Improve your mobile privacy!

These tips only prevent copies of your sensitive data from being stored on your phone.

For more tips and links to resources, please go to digitaldefensefund.org/ddf-guides/abortion-privacy.

 

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