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The Guardian view on Google’s NHS grab: legally inappropriate



The company that wants to organise the world’s data needs to respect its users’ privacy, especially if they are patients in the NHS. DeepMind’s cavalier approach needs to be penalised and admonished.

That the Google-owned artificial intelligence company DeepMind obtained the personal medical records of 1.6 million patients on a “legally inappropriate” basis is unnerving. The complacency of both the NHS in north London and Google in the face of basic principles of privacy is remarkable. Why weren’t alarm bells ringing? The reason is the overwhelming asymmetry between a wealthy, technologically supercilious firm and overstretched public services in possession of our most sensitive, identifiable data.
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Sami Mebazaa

Innovation Director at Talan
Sami is eager to create a spirit of innovation in the Talan community - including consultants, clients and other stakeholders. In this mission, Sami has worked as the Director of Innovation at Talan since 2010. He strongly believes that the problems we encounter on a daily basis are the source of inspiration for innovation.

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