November 12, 2019

Google Has Been Secretly Collecting Millions of People's Private Medical Data

  • Flyover Country

By: Ted Patterson

In Brief:

Google has been collecting patient data from a leading healthcare system for months.

The Background:

The Wall Street Journal, which first broke this story, reports:

“Google is engaged with one of the U.S.’s largest health-care systems on a project to collect and crunch the detailed personal-health information of millions of people across 21 states.

“The initiative, code-named ‘Project Nightingale,’ appears to be the biggest effort yet by a Silicon Valley giant to gain a toehold in the health-care industry through the handling of patients’ medical data.”

According to the Daily Mail, “The data includes names, dates of birth, lab results, doctor diagnoses and hospitalization records on ‘tens of millions of patients.’”

In a press release, the tech giant claimed the practice was implemented to “improve patient outcomes.”

Notable Quotes:

Ted Patterson is editor of Republic Press.

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