How to protect your online privacy as Republicans unleash bounty hunters in their war on women

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How to protect your online privacy as Republicans unleash bounty hunters in their war on women

A Republican packed Supreme Court is set to overturn Roe v Wade as abortion vigilantes search for victims to sue.

“An antiabortion law in Texas will soon allow any U.S. citizen to sue Texas-based abortion clinics, doctors, and anyone who aids in an abortion. If successful, the petitioner, who does not have to reside in Texas, will receive an $10,000 award and the cost for attorney’s fees… this cash prize may create a new cottage industry of aggressive antiabortion bounty hunters.” – Fortune

These bounty hunters will search online for victims to sure. Protect your privacy from Facebook, Google and advertising data brokers that track and sell your private information. Protect your privacy with these tips to make it harder for vigilantes.

Women’s guide to protecting online privacy after Roe v Wade

  1. Use a search engine that doesn’t save and make money off your searches
  2. Turn off apps that report your location and online activity
  3. Turn off location tracking
  4. Use maps that protect your privacy
  5. Use disposable email addresses
  6. Protect your privacy and location in the photos you post
  7. Use a free VPN (Virtual Private Network)
  8. Use public WiFi hotspots carefully
  9. Turn off connectivity you’re not using like WiFi and BlueTooth
  10. Don’t use face or fingerprint activation to unlock your phone
  11. Use a Privacy Filter Screen
  12. Keep details on the videos you watch private

Be on guard

Consider a hypothetical situation. A woman searches online for a clinic that could help her and then uses a map to get directions to the clinic. At a coffee shop on the way, she connects to the WiFi HotSpot and orders medication from an online store. She checks an app on her phone to see where she is in her menstrual cycle and then sends an email to a friend with a question about a health video she watched on YouTube. She posts a picture of the clinic on Facebook.

These would be innocent actions are a minefield of privacy leaks that a bounty hunter could track. Click on the links to see eight things she did that leaked her private information and how to avoid them.

12 point guide on how to protect your privacy

Republicans unleash abortion bounty hunters

Opening up the ability to sue to all Americans could also inundate clinics with lawsuits, overwhelming their limited legal and monetary resources. Even if they ultimately win cases, time and money will be depleted.  “Every citizen is now a private attorney general,” said Josh Blackman, a constitutional law professor at South Texas College of Law Houston.“You can have random people who are against abortion start suing tomorrow.” – Fortune

Ad platforms like Google and Facebook make money selling your privacy

Data brokers track your online activity including websites visited, apps used, videos watched, purchases, and your location. This data is connected back to real names and identity. Collecting and selling your personal data is big business. Trackers are embedded in 90% of apps, 90% of websites and 70% of emails.

Tracker apps on your phone consume bandwidth as they leak your data. Disconnect reports that unwanted trackers could spew out 1.5 gigabytes of data over the span of a month – half of an entire basic wireless service plan from AT&T.

TakeAway: Protect your online privacy as Republicans unleash abortion vigilantes to sue anyone who helps a woman.

Deepak
DemLabs


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