14 Nov Privacy Advocates Worried by Possible Data Sharing Between DeepMind and Google
NYU Law research fellow Julia Powles recently tweeted that DeepMind and Google is demolishing trust by backpedaling on its promise never to share the intimate, identifiable health data of individuals.
The tweet was in reaction to the news that DeepMind, a health and AI subsidiary of Alphabet, will be absorbed by Google. The move will give Google the authority to manage DeepMind’s Stream app which analyzes patient information.
However, DeepMind had previously promised not to share data with its parent company. While it recently reiterated that patient data would remain under the control of its NHS partners and will continue to be subject to “strict audit and access controls and its processing remains subject to both our contracts and data protection legislation,” privacy advocates dismissed the statement as a mere diversionary tactic.