The right to privacy is one of the precedents used to establish sexual and reproductive rights, and it is established by several international and regional legal instruments. The primary link between the two stems from the fact that laws and policies which impede upon individuals’ rights to access sexual and reproductive health services may also interfere with individuals’ right to privacy and to make autonomous decisions as it pertains to their health and fertility. Such reproductive rights are necessary for bodily autonomy.
What's the problem?
The organised opposition to sexual and reproductive rights has gone digital. Data exploitative tech is being developed that is capable of obtaining vast amounts of intimate information about people’s reproductive health, and delaying or curtailing access to reproductive healthcare.
Technology provides incredible opportunities to democratise access to reproductive health information, services, and care. It can play a vital role in protecting the lives of those needing sexual and reproductive health information and care, especially in places where access is otherwise impossible.
Simultaneously, those standing in opposition to reproductive rights are developing and promoting digital tools and tactics that attempt to curtail the ability of people to exercise their reproductive rights.
What's the solution?
Data exploitation by those opposed to sexual and reproductive rights is just beginning. As access to contraception, abortion care, and sexual health information is increasingly digitalised, those fighting for bodily autonomy must also remain vigilant to how the opposition is developing data exploitative technologies to further their own aims. We hope that this report helps to add momentum to this conversation.Privacy experts and reproductive rights organisations globally must work together to expose and advocate against such data exploitation.
What is PI doing?
PI's Reproductive Rights and Privacy Project researches and advocates against data exploitation in sexual and reproductive rights. We work with reproductive rights experts and organisations globally to research, advocate against, and prevent the opposition from delaying or curtailing access to reproductive healthcare using digital means.