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The technology giant Google has collected without permission medical data of tens of millions of americans, reported this Monday exclusively to the journal The Wall Street Journal, citing internal documents and sources with knowledge of the matter.The data collection is part of an initiative by Google named ‘Project Nightingale’ (Project Mockingbird, in Spanish) and, by means of which, Google access to the patient information of the medical company Ascension, the largest firm catholic of that type and which has its headquarters in San Luis (Missouri).The agreement was signed in secret last year, while the exchange of data between Google and Ascension was accelerated this summer, according to the internal documents you have accessed The Wall Street Journal.By the pact, Google supposedly has access to the personal data of tens of millions of americans that reside in 21 of the 50 states of the united states.Among the data collected by Google, include medical diagnoses, test results in laboratories and hospital records, among other reports, which is equivalent to a complete medical history, including the names of patients and dates of birth, explained to the newspaper new yorker.Neither the patients nor the physicians were notified of the exchange of data between Google and Ascension, according to The Wall Street Journal, who said that at least 150 employees in the technology company have already had access to the data of hundreds of millions of patients.According to the newspaper, the contract between Google and the Ascension is part of the growing appetite from Silicon Valley for the data analysis in the medical industry, a line of business that also are exploring Amazon and Microsoft, but these companies still have not gotten an agreement from the scope of the Google.In this case, Google is supposedly using the data, in part, to design a new software, which is supported by artificial intelligence systems and machine learning, may suggest changes in the treatment of patients.In a press release, sent to The Wall Street Journal, Google argued that its project complies with the federal law on the protection of medical data.The objective of the company is “in the last instance, improve outcomes, reduce costs and save lives,” noted the president of Google Cloud, Tariq Shaukat, in the aforementioned press release.Google and other technology companies has been subject to during recent times of harsh criticism and research on the part of regulators precisely because of the large volume of user data that they manage, and their management of privacy, so this new project could lead to new elections.
20MINUTOS.IS – Technology
November 12, 2019