Should we delete our period tracking apps? | News

Millions of women around the world use period tracking apps to understand their bodies and work out when their ovulation or period is due.

While many people find these apps useful and empowering, there are concerns about where the data put on these apps goes.

Johana Bhuiyan, the senior tech reporter and editor for Guardian US, tells Hannah Moore why these fears have intensified since abortion has been restricted and why period tracking apps are only one part of the data women accessing abortions should be concerned about.

“We shouldn’t have to worry about the apps that we’re downloading when we are using our phones,” says Eva Blum-Dumontet, a technology policy expert who has researched the way period tracker apps handle data. “We should have the confidence that they are not going to turn against us and collect data that could land us in jail.”

Eva tells Hannah what you should do if you are concerned about the app you are using.



Should we delete our period tracking apps? | News

Photograph: Xsandra/Getty Images

Support The Guardian

The Guardian is editorially independent.
And we want to keep our journalism open and accessible to all.
But we increasingly need our readers to fund our work.


Support The Guardian

https://www.theguardian.com/news/audio/2022/sep/05/should-we-delete-our-period-tracking-apps