Location Data Firm SafeGraph Is Selling Data on Abortion Clinic Visits
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According to sets of data easily purchased by Motherboard for just $160, a location data firm known as SafeGraph is selling information related to visits to clinics that provide abortions, including Planned Parenthood facilities, showing where groups of people visiting the locations came from, how long they stayed there, and where they then went afterward.
SafeGraph classifies "Planned Parenthood" as a "brand" that can be tracked, and the data Motherboard purchased includes more than 600 Planned Parenthood locations in the United States. The data included a week's worth of location data for those locations in mid-April.
Separately .documents show that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) purchased from SafeGraph access to location data harvested from tens of millions of phones in the United States to perform analysis of compliance with curfews, track patterns of people visiting K-12 schools, and specifically monitor the effectiveness of …
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