Google DeepMind/Royal Free data sharing

April 2016
Updated: October 2021

Google's DeepMind and the Royal Free London NHS Foundation Trust are sharing sensitive data, including mental health and HIV diagnosis, of 1.6 million patients, according to the New Scientist. The report prompted concerns about data security and patient privacy by digital rights advocates and others.

The New Scientist later revealed that the two parties had failed to secure approval from the Confidentiality Advisory Group of the Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency.

In July 2017, the UK Information Commissioner's Office ruled that the Royal Free hospital had failed to comply with the UK Data Protection Act when it shared the data.

In September 2021, law firm Mishcon de Reya announced it is bringing a class action lawsuit against Google on behalf of the 1.6 million individuals whose medical records were shared.

Operator: Royal Free London NHS Foundation Trust
Developer: Google
Sector: Healthcare/pharma
Detect and predict acute kidney disease
Issue: Data privacy; Ethics
Opacity: User communication; Consent