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Health Care Policy and Law
September 8, 2022

Prevalence of Third-Party Tracking on Abortion Clinic Web Pages

Author Affiliations
  • 1Department of Emergency Medicine, Perelman School of Medicine, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia
  • 2Carnegie Mellon CyLab, Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
  • 3Department of Medical Ethics and Health Policy, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia
JAMA Intern Med. Published online September 8, 2022. doi:10.1001/jamainternmed.2022.4208

The US Supreme Court’s ruling in Dobbs v Jackson Women’s Health Organization, which eliminated the constitutional right to an abortion, has raised concerns about the privacy of people seeking abortions. In states where abortion is criminalized, law enforcement agencies could use individuals’ digital footprints—including smartphone app data and internet search histories—to identify and prosecute those suspected of having abortions.1,2 Several states are considering legislation prohibiting people from traveling out of state to receive an abortion and empowering private citizens to enforce new laws through civil litigation.3

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