ARIZONA NEWS

Arizona AG issues privacy guidance for consumers seeking reproductive health care

Aug 17, 2023, 9:02 AM | Updated: 9:04 am

Arizona Attorney General Kris Mayes speaks during a roundtable on data privacy guidance for people ...

Arizona Attorney General Kris Mayes speaks during a roundtable on data privacy guidance for people seeking reproductive health care on Aug. 16, 2023. (X Photo/@AZAGMayes)

(X Photo/@AZAGMayes)

PHOENIX – Arizona Attorney General Kris Mayes issued a consumer alert with guidance on how to avoid leaving a digital footprint while seeking reproductive health care.

“In a world in which we do everything online, many individuals leave a trail in their web browsing, search history, map history and other application data,” Mayes said in a press release Wednesday.

“While abortion remains legal in Arizona, the legal landscape around this issue remains in flux, and it is important for individuals to be aware of the digital footprint they create so they can make informed decisions about protecting their data privacy.”

Mayes discussed her data privacy guidance during a roundtable Wednesday with health care providers, advocates and community leaders.

What is covered in reproductive health care privacy guidance?

The consumer alert covers topics such as keeping internet searches private, limiting tracking features, securing electronic communications and the best way to make payments.

It also cautions about the use of period-tracking apps, some of which reportedly sell or share personal information with advertisers and data brokers.

The guidance includes instructions on how to use private search functions on web browsers and how to change tracking settings on Apple and Android mobile devices.

“Consumer education around data privacy management is vitally important in a world in which data lives forever,” Mayes said. “This guidance provides simple tips to empower consumers to manage their data privacy.”

What is Arizona’s abortion law?

Abortions are allowed in Arizona in the first 15 weeks of pregnancy under a 2022 law.

Mayes made reproductive rights a key issue of her campaign for attorney general last year after the Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade, the ruling that protected abortion access at the federal level for nearly 50 years.

The Democrat created a Reproductive Rights Unit in the agency after taking office in January.

Earlier this month, Mayes joined a multistate amicus brief in support of a lawsuit challenging Idaho’s so-called abortion travel ban.

In May, she took similar action against a Texas U.S. District Court judge ruling that would limit medication abortion access.

We want to hear from you.

Have a story idea or tip? Pass it along to the KTAR News team here.

Arizona News

The Old Station Sub Shop has new owner who wants to honor past...

Balin Overstolz McNair

Long-time Valley sub shop gets new owner but keeps legacy

The Old Station Sub Shop, a Phoenix eatery that has drawn national attention due to its proximity to The Zone, has a new owner.

3 minutes ago

As travelers gear up for Memorial Day weekend, officials are stressing preparedness for what's proj...

KTAR.com

Arizona, buckle up! Memorial Day weekend traffic expected to be among busiest in decades

As travelers gear up for Memorial Day weekend, officials are stressing preparedness for what's projected to be one of the busiest in over two decades.

13 minutes ago

A large fire burns...

KTAR.com

Tonto National Forest, some state trust lands implementing Stage 1 fire restrictions

Tonto National Forest officials are putting into effect Stage 1 Fire and Recreational Target Shooting Restrictions for parts of the forest.

24 minutes ago

(Facebook Photo/Scottsdale Unified School District)...

KTAR.com

4 schools in Scottsdale Unified School District to offer no-cost meals next school year

The Scottsdale Unified School District will provide no-cost meals at four of its schools next school year.

33 minutes ago

A 2-year-old boy is in critical condition after a drowning incident in a backyard pool in Phoenix. ...

KTAR.com

2-year-old boy dead after being pulled from Phoenix pool

A 2-year-old boy died after he was pulled from a pool in Phoenix on Wednesday evening. It is unknown how long the child was in the pool.

7 hours ago

A 2-year-old boy is in critical condition after a drowning incident in a backyard pool in Phoenix. ...

Sponsored Content by

A 2-year-old boy died after he was pulled from a pool in Phoenix on Wednesday evening. It is unknown how long the child was in the pool.

Sponsored Articles

...

Condor Airlines

Condor Airlines can get you smoothly from Phoenix to Frankfurt on new A330-900neo airplane

Adventure Awaits! And there's no better way to experience the vacation of your dreams than traveling with Condor Airlines.

...

DESERT INSTITUTE FOR SPINE CARE

Desert Institute for Spine Care is the place for weekend warriors to fix their back pain

Spring has sprung and nothing is better than March in Arizona. The temperatures are perfect and with the beautiful weather, Arizona has become a hotbed for hikers, runners, golfers, pickleball players and all types of weekend warriors.

...

Day & Night Air Conditioning, Heating and Plumbing

Day & Night is looking for the oldest AC in the Valley

Does your air conditioner make weird noises or a burning smell when it starts? If so, you may be due for an AC unit replacement.

Arizona AG issues privacy guidance for consumers seeking reproductive health care