US big data firm is using confidential UK coronavirus patient information to build COVID-19 datastore

Saurabh Gupta | April 13, 2020

US big data firm is using confidential UK coronavirus patient information to build COVID-19 datastore
There are privacy concerns following the revelation that confidential data from UK coronavirus patients is being used by technology firms and government to build predictive computer models to help fight the pandemic.US big data firm Palantir and UK AI startup Faculty are working together to put together what has been described as a "COVID-19 datastore". Pulling together information from government databases as well as information from health services, the project also makes use of highly personal data relating to individual patients according to documents seen by the Guardian.The datastore is being created at the request of NHSX the digital transformation unit of the National Health Service with the aim of giving officials "real-time information about health services, showing where demand is rising and where critical equipment needs to be deployed.The Guardian was able to access documents about the project via an unrestricted online portal something described to by sources as a "shocking data breach". While the openly accessible documents do not themselves contain confidential patient data, they are highly revealing of the sort of data that will be involved. A UK government source said that the amount of confidential health information involved in the project is unprecedented.

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