Google and DeepMind sued over Royal Free NHS data scandal

17/05/2022 | TechCrunch

Google and DeepMind Technologies are being sued for using NHS health data belonging to 1.6 million people without their consent. The claim relates to an arrangement in 2015 between Google, DeepMind and the Royal Free London NHS Foundation Trust to test an app designed to address preventable deaths associated with acute kidney injuries. The ICO investigated the NHS trust in 2017, which concluded the data-sharing deal breached UK data protection law. 

The sole claimant, Andrew Prismall, is being represented by law firm Mishcon de Reya. Mr Primsal said: “I hope that this case can achieve a fair outcome and closure for the many patients whose confidential records were - without the patients’ knowledge - obtained and used by these large tech companies.”

A spokesperson for Mishcon de Reya confirmed that an earlier claim last September was discontinued, saying, “This is a new claim for the misuse of private information.”

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