US technology company Palantir has pledged that NHS patient data will be safe if the company is awarded a £480 million contract to build a new database of patient data. The federated data platform (FDP) would combine NHS patient data to make it easier for healthcare organisations to work together and provide better services to patients.
The CEO and co-founder of Palantir, Alex Karp, said that the company would have no access to the information for its own purposes and that the data belongs to the UK government. Karp adds that Palantir is the only company of its size and scale that doesn’t buy or sell data or transfer it to any other company. The data in the FDP will remain under the full control and protection of the NHS.
However, Karp did acknowledge that a future government could sell the data: “But by the UK government, not by me. I don’t have the ability to do that,” said Karp.
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