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Volume: 14 Issue: 8
(August 2017)

data sharing public sector health | pharmaceutical medical data

victoria hordern

hogan lovells international llp


UK: Focus on Google DeepMind under the GDPR's lens

The Information Commissioner’s Officer (‘ICO’) ruled, on 3 July 2017, that the Royal Free NHS Foundation Trust (‘the Trust’) had failed to comply with the Data Protection Act 1998 (‘DPA’) when it provided 1.6 million patient details to Google DeepMind as part of a trial diagnosis and detection system for acute kidney injury, and required the Trust to sign an undertaking. The investigation brings together some of the most potent and controversial issues in data privacy today; sensitive health information and its use by the public sector to develop solutions combined with innovative technology driven by a sophisticated global digital company. Victoria Hordern, Counsel at Hogan Lovells LLP, provides insight on the investigation into Google DeepMind with focus on how the General Data Protection Regulation (Regulation (EU) 2016/679) (‘GDPR’) may impact the use of patient data going forward.

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