A new class action lawsuit, which was first reported on by the New York Times, accuses the hospital system of sharing data with the tech conglomerate that could be identifiable, namely doctor’s notes and the time frame of their visits.
“In an attempt to provide the public a false sense of security over the legitimate privacy concerns with these practices, Google and the University claimed the medical records were de-identified,” the suit, which was obtained by Daily Caller, said. “But that’s incredibly misleading. The records the University provided Google included detailed date stamps and copious free-text notes.”
The suit goes on to accuse the health center of misleading patients about who their information would be shared with.
“The disclosure of EHRs here is even more egregious because the University promised in its patient admission forms that it would not disclose patients’ records to third parties, like Google, for commercial purposes,” it reads. “Nevertheless, the University did not notify its patients, let alone obtain their express consent, before turning over their confidential medical records to Google for its own commercial gain.”
The author of the suit links the patient data agreement to Google’s acquisition of artificial intelligence company DeepMind, and suggests that this technology has the ability to make connections within the health records.