FemTech and Privacy: Striking the Balance in a Post-Dobbs Reality

Nov 2, 2022

Nov 2, 2022

5:00 pm To 6:15 pm

40 Washington Square South Greenberg Lounge, New York, NY 10012



Event Description

A conversation exploring how FemTech data can be used, and the privacy laws and legislation that can be leveraged to protect users.

In the aftermath of the leaked Supreme Court ruling in Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization, warnings to period tracking app users went viral. The message? Ditch them immediately. Weeks later, a New York Times headline countered, “Deleting Your Period Tracker Won’t Protect You.” Join us for a panel discussion with academic, innovation, and advocacy experts who will explore how exactly such data is already or could be used – and misused. What privacy laws or legislation can be leveraged to protect FemTech users? And why does menstrual literacy – with or without tech tools – matter more than ever in our post-Dobbs reality?

Moderator: Melissa Murray, Frederick I. and Grace Stokes Professor of Law, NYU School of Law


  • Dr. Caitlin Gerdts, Vice President of Research, Ibis Reproductive Health;
  • Ambreen Molitor, National Director of Innovation, Planned Parenthood Federation of America;
  • Salomé Viljoen, Assistant Professor of Law, University of Michigan Law School;
  • Jennifer Weiss-Wolf, Executive Director of the Birnbaum Women’s Leadership Network at NYU Law

This event has been approved for one New York State CLE credits in the category of Areas of Professional Practice. Click here for the applicable reading materials.

We will not be livestreaming this event. However, we will publish the audio file on our podcast page here for your enjoyment a week after the event.

This event is a collaboration between the Birnbaum Women’s Leadership Network, John Brademas Center, Engelberg Center on Innovation Law & Policy, IPELS, and Rights Over Tech, and is governed by the Engelberg Center’s Code of Conduct and NYU’s COVID policies.


Engelberg Center on Innovation Law & Policy at NYU School of Law


About the Organizers

The Engelberg Center on Innovation Law & Policy is an interdisciplinary center housed at NYU School of Law that focuses on legal and policy issues related to innovation, such as intellectual property law, information law, and competition law. It draws together legal scholars and practitioners, economists, historians, culturalists, social scientists, and representatives of the innovation industries to examine questions on allocating global resources to creative activities, to study the legal regimes and cultural forces that influence innovation, to explore methods for optimizing the exploitation of intellectual products, and to search for new ways to facilitate the transfer of technology from creator to end-user, across fields, and among nations. Learn more about the Engelberg Center

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