U.S. lawmakers query Google about assortment of well being data

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FILE PHOTO: Individuals move by an entrance to Google places of work in New York, U.S., June four, 2019. Information/Brendan McDermid/File Picture

WASHINGTON (Information) – U.S. Presidential candidate Elizabeth Warren together with fellow Senators Richard Blumenthal and Invoice Cassidy wrote a letter to Alphabet’s Google on Wednesday to boost questions on its entry to the well being data of tens of thousands and thousands of Individuals.

Warren and Blumenthal, who’re Democrats, together with Cassidy, a Republican, had been targeted on a enterprise partnership that Google fashioned with Ascension Well being.

Ascension, which operates 150 hospitals and greater than 50 senior dwelling amenities throughout the US, is Google’s greatest cloud computing buyer in healthcare, in a deal giving it entry to datasets that would assist it tune doubtlessly profitable synthetic intelligence (AI) instruments.

The lawmakers requested Google to offer details about different well being methods which offer info to Google, whether or not Ascension purchasers will probably be allowed to decide out of the challenge and whether or not the info be used for promoting, amongst others.

Google mentioned that it was completely happy to reply questions in regards to the challenge.

“We imagine Google’s work with Ascension adheres to industry-wide laws (together with HIPAA) concerning affected person knowledge, and comes with strict steering on knowledge privateness, safety, and utilization,” the corporate mentioned in an electronic mail assertion.

Reporting by Diane Bartz; Enhancing by Marguerita Choy