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Tech & Science Google secret project gathers health data of millions of Americans: WSJ

21:41  11 november  2019
21:41  11 november  2019 Source:   reuters.com

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(Reuters) - Alphabet Inc's Google is teaming up with a health-care company on a secret project to collect personal health-related information of millions of Americans across 21 states, the Wall Street Journal reported on Monday.

Google launched "Project Nightingale" last year with St. Louis-based Ascension, according to the report, citing people familiar with the matter and internal documents. (https://on.wsj.com/2q3WCer)

Google and Ascension did not immediately respond to a Reuters request for comment.

The data involved in Project Nightingale includes lab results, doctor diagnoses and hospitalization records, among other categories, and amounts to a complete health history, complete with patient names and dates of birth, the Journal reported.

The news follows an earlier announcement from Google that it would buy Fitbit Inc for $2.1 billion, aiming to enter wearables segment and invest in digital health.

(Reporting by Ambhini Aishwarya in Bengaluru; Editing by Shounak Dasgupta)

Apple CEO Tim Cook says there's a 'false tradeoff' between technological progress and forcing people to give up their personal data .
Apple CEO Tim Cook said that the widely-held notion that people need to give up their privacy for better technology is a 'false tradeoff.' Cook's comments on privacy were part of a broader response to a question posed by Salesforce co-CEO Marc Benioff at the Dreamforce conference on Tuesday. Benioff asked Cook how the company balanced improving the lives of its customers with improving the state of the world itself. Although Cook's response did not name any specific companies, his answer was a thinly-veiled jab at companies like Google and Facebook, which have come under scrutiny for how much data they collect on customers.

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