DeepMind boss defends controversial Google health deal

Google will take over part of DeepMind’s health business

"The team working within Google, alongside brilliant colleagues from across the organization, will help make this vision a reality", they added. Privacy advocates say that by allowing Google to absorb Streams, DeepMind now has little hope of guaranteeing patient data will be used in an ethical way.

The company's founders, Mustafa Suleyman and Demis Hassabis, wrote in a blog post that the change was a "major milestone" for the unit, and that it would mean DeepMind's Streams app, which aims to improve patient care, would be put into practice.

Now, its parent company, which bought the United Kingdom based firm in 2014, is looking to take on the health programme directly, putting an increased amount of data directly into the hands of the Googletron.

Some background: Google acquired London-based artificial intelligence startup DeepMind in 2014 for $500 million.

In July an independent ethics board said it needed to do more to establish its independence from its parent company.

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With the well-publicised scandals around the use of users' personal information by large advertising-driven technology firms such as Google and Facebook, Google's direct involvement with the NHS is likely to come as a shock to many.

DeepMind has also been criticised by health watchdogs in the past.

Patient data is, and will continue to be, kept strictly separate from other Google projects/products, and subject to strict audit and access controls. But privacy experts point out that DeepMind promised that "Royal Free data 'will never be linked or associated with Google accounts, products, or services, '" and are claiming the company just broke that promise. Patient data remains under our partners' strict control, and all decisions about its use will continue to lie with them. "The move to Google does not affect this".

United Kingdom medical privacy group MedConfidential referred to a 2016 BBC article in which DeepMind was said to be ensuring that Streams data "isn't shared with Google".

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