04 Jul NHS Foundation and Google AI Break UK Privacy Law
The United Kingdom’s Information Commission (ICO) ruled that the UK-based hospital inadequately protected their patients’ privacy.
The Royal Free NHS Foundation Trust has been reprimanded by the ICO because of mishandling data during a testing phase of a new way of detecting kidney injuries. The ICO also revealed that the hospital neglected to inform patients on how they used their information.
About 1.6 million patient data was handed to Google’s DeepMind last year during clinical trials. The data was mean to help create an alert system called Streams that helps doctors identify patients that are at risk of developing Acute Kidney Injury (AKI).
Both Royal Free and Google’s DeepMind acknowledged ICO’s findings and are willing to take extra steps and accept suggestions to improve data handling.