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Period-Tracker Apps Aim for Anonymity Following Roe v. Wade Decision

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Clue, a popular app used to track menstruation and fertility.

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Period-tracking and fertility apps like Flo, Clue, Natural Cycles, and Apple's Health are used by women to help them become pregnant, avoid pregnancy, and track their periods.

In the wake of the U.S. Supreme Court ruling overturning Roe v. Wade, the developers of some of those apps are looking to prevent the collection of users' identifying information.

Said Natural Cycles' Raoul Scherwitzl, "The goal is to make it so no one—not even us at Natural Cycles—can identify the user."

Flo is expected to roll out "Anonymous Mode," to enable its users to remove personal information from their accounts.

However, stressed University of Houston's Leah Fowler, "Deleting your app from your phone does not always mean you've deleted your data anywhere other than your device."

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