Google's Project Nightingale highlights the necessity of data science ethics review
JournalArticle (Originalarbeit in einer wissenschaftlichen Zeitschrift)
ID 4606377
Author(s) Schneble, Christophe Olivier; Elger, Bernice Simone; Shaw, David Martin
Author(s) at UniBasel Schneble, Christophe Olivier
Elger, Bernice Simone
Shaw, David
Year 2020
Title Google's Project Nightingale highlights the necessity of data science ethics review
Journal EMBO Molecular Medicine
Volume 12
Number 3
Pages / Article-Number e12053
Abstract On November 14 last year, the British Guardian published an account from an anonymous whistleblower at Google, accusing the company of misconduct in regard to handling sensitive health data. The whistleblower works for Project Nightingale, an attempt by Google to get into the lucrative US healthcare market, by storing and processing the personal medical data of up to 50 million customers of Ascension, one of America's largest healthcare providers. As the Wall Street Journal had already reported 3 days earlier, and as the whistleblower confirmed, neither was the data anonymized when transmitted from Ascension nor were patients or their doctors notified, let alone asked for consent to sharing their data with Google (Copeland, 2019; Pilkington, 2019). As a result, Google employees had full access to non-anonymous patient health data. Google Health chief David Feinberg commented that all Google employees involved had gone through medical ethics training and were approved by Ascension (Feinberg, 2019).
Publisher Wiley Blackwell
ISSN/ISBN 1757-4676 ; 1757-4684
Full Text on edoc No
Digital Object Identifier DOI 10.15252/emmm.202012053
PubMed ID
ISI-Number WOS:000513644700001
Document type (ISI) Journal Article

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