May 27, 2022

Report: “Google, University of Chicago Hospital Accused of Violating Patients’ Privacy”

From The Hill:

A potential class-action lawsuit is alleging that Google and the University of Chicago Medical Center violated hospital patients’ privacy in a 2017 data-sharing agreement.

The suit, filed in federal court in Illinois on Wednesday night, claims that the agreement to study ways to apply machine learning to health care violated privacy laws governing the sharing of medical information.

“While tech giants have dominated the news over the last few years for repeatedly violating consumers’ privacy, Google managed to fly under the radar as it pulled off what is likely the greatest heist of consumer medical records in history,” the lawsuit alleges.


Ashley Heher, a spokeswoman for the University of Chicago Medical Center, said that the lawsuit is without merit and that the center has complied with all privacy and health laws.

“As a leading research institution, the Medical Center also pursues research partnerships to advance health care, improve patient outcomes and find cures for diseases,” Heher said in a statement.

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