Children’s Privacy: Student athletes – watch when you menstruate in Florida!

Florida leads in the “privacy-denying-just-because-we-can” arena and is unique in requiring students to provide detailed medical history to qualify for sports participation. Now, multiple school districts are upping the game by asking female student athletes to digitally report menstrual data on Aktivate, a sports management platform. This has alarmed privacy advocates because the company’s privacy policy states data can be shared with third parties, and that upon request it will grant data access to law enforcement and other government agencies. Given that the state already bans trans students from participating in sports and doesn’t require consent for sharing student health records, this raises the specter of trans and cis student athletes being outed to force compliance with the state law banning them.  It’s also yet another risk to abortion rights.