Google at the center of a scandal! It collected the medical data of millions of people, without their consent
Google is at the center of a scandal, after The Wall Street Journal published exclusively material citing internal documents and sources aware of the problem, according to which the tech giant has collected medical data on tens of millions of Americans without permission.
According to EFE, quoted by Agerpres, the data collection was part of a Google initiative, entitled 'Project Nightingale', through which the famous search engine accesses information of the patients of the medical company Ascension, the largest Catholic law firm. this guy and who is based in Saint Louis (Missouri).
The agreement was secretly signed last year, but data exchange between Google and Ascension accelerated this summer, according to internal documents consulted by The Wall Street Journal, writes Agerpres.
By this agreement, Google could have access to the personal data of tens of millions of Americans living in 21 of the 50 US states.
Among the data collected by Google, are medical diagnoses, results of laboratory tests and hospitalization records, among other reports, which equates to a complete medical history, with the names and birth dates of patients, the American newspaper detailed.
Neither patients nor physicians were notified of the data exchange between Google and Ascension, according to The Wall Street Journal, which showed that at least 150 technology company employees already had access to data on hundreds of millions of patients.
In a statement released by The Wall Street Journal, Google claimed that its project is in compliance with federal data protection laws.