My Data Rights – feminist resistance and resilience to data practices survey

March 25th, 2022

In January 2021, the developer of a period and fertility-tracking app used by more than 100 million consumers settled Federal Trade Commission (USA) allegations that the company shared the health information of users with outside data analytics providers after promising users privacy. It was alleged that user data was being shared with large companies such as Meta and Google.

Flo is by no means the only period tracking app to have attracted attention for leaking user data in recent years. A report last year by the Norwegian Consumer Council found fertility/period tracker apps Clue and MyDays unexpectedly sharing data with ad tech giants. This means your period tracker could be selling your intimate data without your knowledge, which can be used for any activities such as advertising tailored to the way you are during that period.  (read more here and here ).

This should have us thinking… Who has our personal information, how is it used, and how is this impacting society as a whole? To answer this, we are conducting research to determine the extent to which African feminists are aware of issues of privacy, data, and gender concerns.

We are starting with this to gauge awareness! Help us understand better by taking 10-15 minutes out of your time to answer this survey –

Survey runs till April 20, 2022.