Google’s DeepMind sues for illegal use of confidential medical data

by admin, Sunday, 22 May 2022 (3 months ago)

It turns out that Google not only collects data from its users and processes it for its own purposes, but also uses confidential medical data. RecentlyWe learned that Google is suing for unauthorized use of the confidential medical records of 1.6 million NHS (National Health Service) patients.

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Allegations of confidentiality dating back to 2015. This is the date Google DeepMind affiliate partnered with the Royal Free Hospital NHS Foundation Trust. DeepMind received medical records from Royal Free Hospital. The company then used it in a clinical security test of the Streams smartphone app. The latter is able to detect acute renal failure. The Royal Free Hospital then bought the Streams services at a reduced price.

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The UK’s privacy team has ruled that Royal Free Hospital has breached data protection law requirements.

The lawsuit has also raised concerns about the misuse of health data by tech giants.

In 2020, the European Data Protection Council (EDPB) has asked Google to conduct a “comprehensive assessment of data protection requirements and privacy implications” for its acquired mobile giant Fitbit. In the end, Google signed the 10-year agreement, accepting a set of requirements listed in the agreement.

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DeepMind used to be the focus of a class action lawsuit between Google and the University of Chicago Medical Center. He accused the former of violating the privacy of patients after the two sides reached a data agreement.

In addition, technology justice firm Foxglove represented the news site last year open democracy in a lawsuit against technology company Palantir over a H 23 million NHS new coronavirus data storage deal.

The lawsuit alleges that the NHS did not consider the impact of the agreement on patients and the public. In turn, the government admitted the charge. In addition, it agreed not to extend Palantir’s contract beyond the scope of the pandemic without consultation.

Medical records have been used illegally in the past

In a June 2020 legal inquiry, openDemocracy and Foxglove pressured the UK government to release contracts with major technology companies. They said the public has a right to know about the transfer of health data assets.

Lawyer Andrew Prismall will represent Mishcon de Reya LLP in a lawsuit against Google.

“I hope this case can lead to a fair outcome and closure for the many patients whose confidential records – without the patients’ knowledge – were obtained and used by these large technology companies,” Prismall said.

“This claim is particularly important as it should provide some much-needed clarity about the appropriate parameters that tech companies can access and use for private health information,” said Ben Lasserson, an associate at Mishcon Law Firm. . Regia.

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