Google on Friday defeated a lawsuit brought on behalf of 1.6 million people over medical records provided by the US tech giant to a British hospital trust.
The Royal Free London NHS Trust transferred patient data to Google’s artificial intelligence firm DeepMind Technologies in 2015 in connection with the development of a mobile app designed to analyze medical records and detect serious injuries in kidneys.
Britain’s data protection watchdog, the Information Commissioner’s Office, said in 2017 that Royal Free, part of the public National Health Service (NHS), misused patient data when it provided information on DeepMind.
Alphabet Inc unit Google and DeepMind were sued last year by Royal Free patient Andrew Prismall on behalf of 1.6 million people for alleged misuse of private information.
The companies argued in March that the lawsuit was “bound to fail” because there was no hope of establishing that all 1.6 million claimants’ private information was misused, or that they had an expectation of privacy in relation to information.
Judge Heather Williams ruled Friday that the case should not proceed, agreeing that the case “fails.”
“I conclude that each member of the claimant class has no realistic prospect of establishing a reasonable expectation of privacy with respect to their relevant medical records,” he said in a written decision.
London Medical Professional Liability cases on Google
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