Menstrual Metrics poster references

This week I’m attending the OLA Super Conference and presented a poster session, “Menstrual Metrics: An Analysis of Privacy and Security in Menstrual Health Tracking Applications.” You can see my poster in PDF here.

To make accessing my sources easier (and mostly because copying and pasting from a PDF is fickle), I’ve included them here in the same order from my poster. Below that is another list of sources that I used when working on the paper that this poster is based on. Some of them provide more contextual information on the concept of the “quantified self” and on privacy measures. I highly recommend some of the ‘non-scholarly’ reads from Washington Post, Consumer Reports, and Tech Crunch; they present some complex tech-y concepts into very accessible language and they’re available online for free.

Poster References

  1. Feel free to contact me at
  2. Chen, Juliana, Adrian Bauman, and Margaret Allman-Farinelli. “A Study to Determine the most Popular Lifestyle Smartphone Applications and Willingness of the Public to Share their Personal Data for Health Research.” Telemedicine and e-Health (2016).
  3. “Privacy Policy for Clue: Period and Ovulation Track for iPhone and Android.”
  4. “Glow – Privacy.” Glow, Inc.
  5. Beilinson, Jerry. “Glow Pregnancy App Exposed Women to Privacy Threats, Consumer Reports Finds.” Consumer Reports (July 28, 2016).
  6. “Privacy – Bellabeat.”
  7. Becker, Bernd W. “The Quantified Self: Balancing Privacy and Personal Metrics.” Behavioral & Social Sciences Librarian 33 (2014): 212-5.
  8. Cha, Ariana Eunjung. “The Revolution Will be Digitized.” The Washington Post, Mary 9, 2015.
  9. Smith v. Maryland 1979 as quoted in Becker, “The Quantified Self,” 214.
  10. Dehling, Tobias, Fangjian Gao, Stephan Schneider, and Ali Sunyaev. “Exploring the Far Side of Mobile Health: Information Security and Privacy of Mobile Health Apps on iOS and Android.” JMIR mHealth and uHealth 3, 1(2014): e8.
  11. Dehling et al.
  12. Dehling et al.
  13. Huckvale, Kit, José Tomás Prieto, Myra Tilney, Pierre-Jean Benghozi, and Josip Car. “Unaddressed Privacy Risks in Accredited Health and Wellness Apps: A Cross-Sectional Systematic Assessment.” BMC Medicine 13, 1 (2015): 214-227.
  14. Ball, Madeleine. “QS Access: Personal Data Freedom.” February 11, 2015.


Additional Resources

Barcena, Mario Ballano, Candid Wueest, and Hon Lau. How safe is your quantified self? Symantec, August 11, 2014.

Bretschneider, Richard A. “A Goal-and Context-Driven Approach in Mobile Period Tracking Applications.” In Universal Access in Human-Computer Interaction. Access to Learning, Health and Well-being, edited by Margherita Antona and Constantine Stephanidis, 279-87. Los Angeles: Springer, 2015.

“Clue by Biowink: Overview.”

Fox, Susannah, and Maeve Duggan. “Tracking for Health.” Pew Research Center. January 28, 2013.

Gibbs, Samuel. “Court lets legal precedent with evidence from Fitbit health tracker.” The Guardian. 18 Nov 2014.

Magee, Christine. “VCs Find Fertile Ground in Women’s Health.” Tech Crunch. 15 July 2014. Web.

Rao, Leena. “Sexual Activity Tracked by Fitbit Shows Up In Google Search Results.” Tech Crunch. 3 July 2011.

Singer, Katie. The Garden of Fertility. New York: Penguin, 2004.

Wortham, Jenna. “Our Bodies, Our Apps: For the Love of Period-Trackers.” New York Times. January 23, 2014.


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