Google Should Not Be Allowed to Secretly Collect Private Medical Data

Getty We have grown so accustomed to vast collection of our personal data and breaches of our privacy by both government agencies and private companies that new revelations no longer come as a surprise. However, we cannot pass over in silence the secret agreement made in September 2015 (but first reported by New Scientist on April 29), giving Google’s subsidiary DeepMind access to confidential medical records of 1.6 million Britons. These records from the U.K.’s National Health Service (NHS) apparently include such details as a person’s full name, HIV status, results of pathology and radiology tests, past drug overdoses, and logs of their hospital stays, including who visited them and when. NHS has given assurances of “anonymity” for these data, but that offers little comfort. In fact, the agreement states…


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