Google and the University of Chicago Are Sued Over Data Sharing

Google and the University of Chicago Are Sued Over Data Sharing

The lawsuit demonstrates the tension between building A.I. systems and protecting the privacy of patients.

On Thursday June 27, 2019, DAISUKE WAKABAYASHI at The New York Times wrote:
On Wednesday, the University of Chicago, the medical center and Google were sued in a potential class-action lawsuit accusing the hospital of sharing hundreds of thousands of patients records with the technology giant without stripping identifiable date stamps or doctors notes.

The suit, filed in United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois, demonstrates the difficulties technology companies face in handling health data as they forge ahead into one of the most promising and potentially lucrative areas of artificial intelligence: diagnosing medical problems.

Google is at the forefront of an effort to build technology that can read electronic health records and help physicians identify medical conditions. That has made the regulations outdated because the concept of what information is considered individually identifiable has changed with advances in technology.

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