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Apple says its employees have reproductive health benefits but has been asked by lawmakers to investigate

via:凤凰网     time:2022/6/25 11:00:51     readed:94

The U.S. Supreme Court on Friday overturned Roe v. Wade, a landmark 1973 decision that allowed states to ban abortion.After the ruling, Apple said employees could use company benefits to travel to other states for medical care.On The same day, Democratic lawmakers accused Apple of allowing the collection and sale of personal data from mobile phone users and called on the FEDERAL Trade Commission to investigate the company.

Apple says its employees have had the benefit for more than a decade. "As we have said before, we support employees' right to make their own decisions regarding reproductive health. For more than a decade, Apple's comprehensive benefits have allowed our employees to travel out of state when medical care was not available in their home state." An Apple spokesman said.


Apple headquarters

Apple CEO Tim Middot; Tim Cook has so far remained silent.

The Supreme Court's decision has rattled the tech industry, which may have to hand over data related to consumers' pregnancies to law enforcement.As states roll out laws restricting abortion, representatives of tech industry groups say they worry that the police will gain access to customers' search histories, geographic locations and other information indicating plans to terminate pregnancies.Prosecutors can obtain the same information through a subpoena.

On Friday, U.S. Senators Elizabeth & Middot; Elizabeth Warren, one of four Democratic lawmakers, called on the Federal Trade Commission to investigate Apple, accusing the company of unfair and deceptive practices by allowing the collection and sale of personal information about phone users.

The lawmakers wrote a letter to FTC Chairwoman Lena Middot. According to a letter from Lina Khan, apple "has knowingly facilitated these harmful practices by embedding tracking ids for ads into its mobile operating system."


Senator Warren

Apple recently took steps to limit the collection of user data through these mobile AD identifiers. An identifier is a string of numbers and letters that Apple built into iOS. Apple users can now opt out of transferring their identifiers to the app. Apple updated iOS last year to require each app to ask permission to access the device's identifier.

Apple and the FTC have not commented.

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