Google's 'Project Nightingale' comes under regulatory scanner.
Google's 'Project Nightingale', which reportedly accessed and gathered records of over 50 million patients of St. Louis-based Ascension is now facing scrutiny and a federal inquiry from the Department of Health and Human Services’ Office. As per a WSJ report, neither the doctors nor patients were aware of the data collection. This has raised serious privacy questions given the sensitive nature of medical information.
The program saw Google employees accessing data that included lab results, doctor diagnoses, records, and complete health history of patients, including names and birth dates. As many as 150 Google employees likely had access to the sensitive data, which was not anonymised to remove the personal identifiers. The Indian Express
“Project Nightingale” was initially conceived as a project aimed at crunching data to produce better health care, among other goals.
Meanwhile, a Google spokeswoman in a statement said: “We are happy to cooperate with any questions about the project. We believe Google’s work with Ascension adheres to industry-wide regulations (including HIPAA) regarding patient data, and comes with strict guidance on data privacy, security, and usage.” WSJ
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