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Data broker SafeGraph cashes in by revealing who visits abortion clinics

For just $160, Vice’s Motherboard team bought a SafeGraph list of a weeks’ worth of data on location and length of stay for groups of people who visited Planned Parenthood and other abortion clinics (and where they went afterward). To say this is sensitive information, given what looks like pending reversal of Roe v. Wade, is an understatement. What is safe to say is the people whose data was collected never consented to have information accrued by SafeGraph via software development kit code (SDK) data of ordinary-use apps (for weather information, prayer groups, etc.) brokered to buyers, including the US military. That SafeGraph data is an aggregate of device location and doesn’t name specific individuals is small comfort.