Google is Secretly Harvesting “Detailed” Health Data From Millions of Americans, Report Reveals

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By Eoin Higgins

A “bombshell” new report from The Wall Street Journal describes a secret project from Google and healthcare giant Ascension to store data on millions of Americans, a move that critics of the tech conglomerate decried as another example of overreach.

“When will someone go to jail?” wondered mathematician and musician David C. Lowery. “That would stop this shit real fast.”

David C Lowery

@davidclowery

when will someone go to Jail? That would stop this shit real fast.

Google’s secret “Project Nightingale” gathers personal health data on millions of Americans https://www.wsj.com/articles/google-s-secret-project-nightingale-gathers-personal-health-data-on-millions-of-americans-11573496790 

Google's Secret ‘Project Nightingale’ Gathers Personal Health Data on Millions of Americans

WSJ News Exclusive | Google’s Secret ‘Project Nightingale’ Gathers Personal Health Data on Millions…

Google is teaming with one of the country’s largest health-care systems on a secret project to collect and crunch detailed health information of millions of Americans across 21 states.

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According to the Journal, Google and Ascension made the decision last year to collect the data across 21 states in an initiative named “Project Nightingale.”

Google in this case is using the data, in part, to design new software, underpinned by advanced artificial intelligence and machine learning, that zeroes in on individual patients to suggest changes to their care. Staffers across Alphabet Inc., Google’s parent, have access to the patient information, documents show, including some employees of Google Brain, a research science division credited with some of the company’s biggest breakthroughs.

The Journal reported that Nightingale’s scope “pertains to lab results, doctor diagnoses and hospitalization records, among other categories, and amounts to a complete health history, including patient names and dates of birth.”

Neither patients nor doctors have been notified. At least 150 Google employees already have access to much of the data on tens of millions of patients, according to a person familiar with the matter and documents.

The project is legal under the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996, though some staffers at Ascension are reportedly concerned over the ethics of the collection.


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4 thoughts on “Google is Secretly Harvesting “Detailed” Health Data From Millions of Americans, Report Reveals

  1. “When will someone go to jail, that would stop this shit real quick”
    This, folks is “the” answer to so many of our problems.
    David C Lowery is a basic man of conviction ..

  2. I have just found & he is yet another man of simple answers to big questions ..
    Like .. can U freeze potatoes .. I always believed U could not .. check out Mark Anthony in his kitchen on Youtube .. he is the easy way man.

  3. There is this man I know ..
    He presents well ..
    He’s a bit quirky .. a bit erratic .. a bit unpredictable .. a bit slow on the uptake
    And a few other things not worth mentioning
    I could care less only that I have to interact with him every so often on a professional basis
    And … therefore anything else is simply none of my business
    And I am happy to keep things that way

    BUT NOT HIM
    I look at him & his picture ( he has business pictures / advertising) to try & see who he really is
    But you can’t tell by looking at him or his picture .. no you can’t
    I do not know what to do about the strange / uncomfortable vibes I get from this man
    What to do ??
    What to do ??
    I feel like I need to move on …. to another service provider … why is this happening ??
    A conflict in personality ??
    We are not that close.. not close in any way ..
    But even a simple hello has become difficult
    It must be me ..
    I am definitely an overpowering personality & not everyone can cope
    Of course Colleen Hall my Case Worker at Wintringham is even worse .. she wants to do nothing at all .. no contact & yet she wants to collect $60 plus from my MyAgedCare Package on a regular basis.

    Sick to death with/of the bullshitters.

    1. Gold
      Gold
      Where is the Gold
      It was here
      It was here
      I left it on the table
      “Don’t touch it”
      “Don’t touch it”
      It belongs to me
      Some kissed him
      Whispered in his ear
      In his confusion
      He turned his head
      Where is the gold
      She whispered
      And it was gone.

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