Monday, July 3, 2017

Google just violated the privacy of 1.6M UK patients in NHS medical trial, ICO says

The British Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) has asserted that the Royal Free National Health Security (NHS) Foundation Trust has failed to protect patient rights when granting Google DeepMind access to the personal data of more than 1.6 million individuals. The Trust initially provided the information in question as part of a trial to “test an alert, diagnosis and detection system” (more commonly known as Streams) for acute kidney injury. Following an investigation, however, the ICO has found several inconsistencies in the way the NHS handled the data. According to the watchdog, not all patients were adequately informed that their data…

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