Google is facing a class-action lawsuit in the United Kingdom for allegedly utilizing 1.6 million people’s medical records for its DeepMind artificial intelligence business.
According to TechCrunch, DeepMind allegedly transferred data on patients without their knowledge or consent for a smartphone app called ‘Streams’ that it received from the Royal Free NHS Trust in London.
The program was created to identify acute kidney damage on smartphones. It was afterward used on a discounted basis by the Royal Free NHS Trust. The Information Commissioner’s Office in the United Kingdom later declared the deal illegal.
Andrew Prismall, who brought the lawsuit on behalf of about 1.6 million people whose records were transferred to DeepMind, is now represented by Mishcon de Reya. The Royal Free is not being sued, according to the law firm.
“The claim is for Misuse of Private Information by Google and DeepMind. This is under common law. We can also confirm this is a damages claim,” According to the law firm’s statement.
“This case can achieve a fair outcome and closure for the many patients whose confidential records were, without the patients’ knowledge, obtained and used by these large tech companies,” Prismall said.
Google or DeepMind was yet to react to the class-action lawsuit. There has been a surge in class-action lawsuits targeting tech giants over misuse of data in Europe.