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Researchers studying a deal in which Google’s artificial intelligence subsidiary, DeepMind, acquired access to millions of sensitive NHS patient records have warned that more must be done to regulate data transfers from public bodies to private firms. The academic study says that “inexcusable” mistakes were made when, in 2015, the Royal Free NHS Foundation Trust in London signed an agreement with Google DeepMind. This allowed the British AI firm to analyse sensitive information about 1.6 million patients who use the Trust’s hospitals each year.
No patient whose data was shared with DeepMind was ever asked for their consent. Although direct care would clearly apply to those monitored for AKI, the records that DeepMind received covered every other patient who used the Trust’s hospitals. These extended to people who had never been tested or treated for kidney injuries, people who had left the catchment area, and even some who had died. In fact, the authors note that, according to the Royal Free and DeepMind’s own announcements, only one in six of the records DeepMind accessed would have involved AKI patients. For a substantial number of patients, therefore, the relationship was indirect. As a result, special permissions should have been sought from the Government, and agencies such as the ICO and NDG should have been consulted. This did not happen.
A spokesman for both the Royal Free London and DeepMind said that both organisations were “committed to working together to support world class care for patients”. He added: “Every trust in the country uses IT systems to help clinicians access current and historic information about patients under the same legal and regulatory regime.”
On the dark side, if AI does not decide to cure us from disease, then we just handed them the perfect recipe to take out humanity as they will know all our flaws and weaknesses
originally posted by: Flyingclaydisk
a reply to: sapien82
You log into your bank account to pay a bill one day. As soon as you hit the "Sign In" button a message box pops up and says....
"Don't worry, I've got this!"
Suddenly thousands of pages flash by on your screen, and your balance instantly goes to $0.00. When you ask what the hell happened you are advised that your financial activity was inefficient and rather than have your money just wasted the AI Bank just decided to reallocate all of your money to more efficient financial processes where it could be put to better use.