Google asks UK judge to dismiss Royal Free, Deepmind lawsuit

22/03/2023 | Reuters

Google has asked the UK High Court to dismiss a lawsuit brought on behalf of 1.6 million individuals after the Royal Free London NHS Foundation Trust transferred NHS patient medical records to Google-owned DeepMind Technologies. Prismall's lawyer said in court filings that: "Every wrongful transfer of medical records merits an award of damages."

In 2015, the NHS trust entered into an arrangement with Deepmind Technologies to analyze patient data in order to detect acute kidney injuries. The Information Commissioner's Office (ICO) investigated the NHS trust in 2017 and concluded that the data-sharing deal breached UK data protection law. Then, in 2022, patient Andrew Prismall sued Google for damages on behalf of all patients. 

The hearing is due to conclude on Wednesday, but the ruling is not expected until a later date.

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