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Google DeepMind in hot water after AI-based privacy law breached

Google’s DeepMind has emerged unscathed after the UK’s Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) condemned the Royal Free NHS Foundation for breaching patient privacy – after sharing 1.6m records with DeepMind in an AI-augmented application. No fines have been issued, but DeepMind has received a pretty public warning about overstepping the mark, when it comes to handling sensitive data – which might have set the industry back a few paces. Such concerns were voiced at the time of the trial’s announcement, but the ICO has now confirmed that the NHS trust and DeepMind violated the UK Data Protection Act – after 1.6m patient records were used as the basis for a machine-learning program, designed to spot Acute Kidney Injury (AKI). The goal…

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