…according to Daily Mail:
Lawyers, medical professionals and tech experts have reacted with a mixture of horror and fury after it emerged that Google has been secretly acquiring sensitive medical data on millions of people without their knowledge or consent.
Questions were immediately raised around the ethics of the data-gathering operation – code-named Project Nightingale – as well as the security of patient data after the program was first reported on Monday.
Others called for an immediate change to privacy laws after Google and Ascension, the healthcare organization it has partnered with, boasted that the scheme is completely legal.
Dr. Robert Epstein, an author, medical researcher and former editor-in-chief at Psychology Today, summed up the mood when he tweeted: ‘You can’t make this s*** up. #BeAfraid.’
The “confidential” data reportedly included names, dates of birth, lab results, diagnoses, and hospitalization records.
Thanks, Ascension. How much did you make off the deal?
I’ve increasingly noticed that I have to depend on Daily Mail or other non-U.S. sources for news that “the powers that be” apparently don’t want me to hear about.
Steve Parker, M.D.
PS: Keep your sensitive healthcare data out of Google’s and Ascension’s clutches by getting healthier. Let me help.
PPS: If I ever have have an office-based medical practice again, I may market it as totally private. No insurance interference. No digital communication with third parties.