Now that the Supreme Court has overturned Roe v. Wade, tech companies have found themselves in a tough spot as data privacy becomes a hot topic.
And the magnitude of the problem is compounded by the sheer number of companies collecting data, Caitlin Chin, fellow at the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS), told Yahoo Finance Live (video above).
"I think the problem is that there are just so many different entities that collect data now," Chin said. "Our society is built around the Internet. People often get their information from the Internet, but it's not just big companies like Google or Facebook that collect data and can potentially share that data with the government."
Where tech giants fall on the issue of abortion has become complicated.
However, tech giants hold massive amounts of user data that can, among other things, reveal if someone has been seeking or has had an abortion.
At the same time, the legal landscape has and will continue to grow more fragmented.
"All fifty states are considering how they individually will deal with the outcome and implications of this decision," Chin said. "There are some states that are indicating interest in pursuing new abortion restrictions and passing new legislation and others that are saying that our state will be a safe haven for anybody who chooses to get an abortion."
Chin noted that for tech companies, how and where the Dobbs decision intersects with data privacy is critical. In many instances, companies can and may reject the requests from law enforcement and prosecutors as too broad. In other cases, they may comply.
"This decision really has put businesses in a difficult position," she said. "Every year, law enforcement agencies issue thousands of legal requests for data to private companies, including at the state and local levels. Now, companies need to consider how they're going to comply with legal requests. Also, for companies that do have voluntary contracts to share data with government agencies, they'll have to decide whether to continue to do so."
Allie Garfinkle is a senior tech reporter at Yahoo Finance. Find her on twitter @agarfinks.