Saturday, October 15, 2022
Cameron Hood, Newsletter EditorCameron Hood
Newsletter Editor
Welcome to One Big Story, where we bring you one of the best Grid stories from this week. 

Today’s selection: The Supreme Court’s June verdict in Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization, which ended the national right to abortion, put the spotlight on America’s patchy privacy protections. In our latest 360, Dan Vergano, Benjamin Powers and Jonathan Lambert report on 
how the ruling has reshaped the country’s privacy debate.

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How the Dobbs abortion ruling reshaped America’s privacy debate, from health to politics and law

360 Thesis: Congress has long kicked the can down the road on meaningful privacy legislation. States have enacted their own policies, but major gaps remain for several categories of private data. The fallout from the Dobbs verdict — which has sparked intense debates not just about abortion rights but about the security of Americans’ most sensitive data — shows signs of re-energizing the push for privacy protections in the United States.

🏛 Law Lens: The Dobbs decision is about privacy 

Dobbs’ biggest impact in a legal sense is around the right to privacy, which is not codified in the Constitution but has been established by a series of court cases over time. Roe v. Wade, the now-overturned 1973 Supreme Court ruling establishing a national right to abortion, has been among the most significant.
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🗳 Politics Lens: States take the lead 

In the absence of federal action on data privacy, states have begun to weigh in with their own laws. 
Read more.

🤝 Business Lens: New scrutiny for apps and data brokers 

Concerns about digital tracking in the wake of the Dobbs decision have increased scrutiny of tech companies’ practices. For some, like Apple, privacy has long been a marketing point. Others have changed their practices in the wake of the Supreme Court decision with the goal of reassuring their users.
Read more.

🩺 Health Lens: The limits of HIPAA 

The Dobbs ruling inadvertently highlighted how much technology has changed healthcare in the 50 years Roe v. Wade was the law of the land.
Read more.

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