Data Watchdog Cautions Google and UK Health Partner

18. May 2017.

A British data watchdog has raised questions about whether it was appropriate for a healthcare trust to share data on 1.6 million patients with DeepMind Health, an AI company owned by Google. The trust shared the data in connection with the test phase of Streams, an app designed to diagnose acute kidney injuries. However, the sharing reportedly was performed without an appropriate legal basis. The UK’s National Data Guardian addressed the issue in a letter to Stephen Powis, the medical director of the Royal Free Hospital in London.

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