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Senators Question School Surveillance Startups on Abortion Searches

Education startups are among a growing cohort of tech companies now facing scrutiny over their handling of reproductive health data.

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Four of the largest school surveillance software makers are facing questions from US senators around how they plan to handle data related to students’ searches for abortion services and reproductive care.

Democratic senators Elizabeth Warren and Ed Markey asked GoGuardian, Gaggle.Net Inc., Bark Technologies Inc. and Securly Inc. — startups that provide tools that monitor students’ online activity — whether the companies’ tools flag search terms such as “abortion” or “contraception,” and who is notified if they do. The companies are set up to communicate certain web activities of students with administrators, parents, and, at times, law enforcement.