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People trust their healthcare providers with the most intimate kinds of personal information – and the NHS can’t do its job without that trust.
There have been a number of scandals recently about the NHS giving our medical records to companies and private healthcare corporations. Undeterred, the NHS havegranted a massive contract to Palantir, a company described as one of America’s “scariest” tech giants, founded and chaired by Trump supporter Peter Thiel.
Palantir has a questionable track record, including collaborating with Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), a controversial US agency facing allegations of separating families, wrongful detentions, and forced sterilisations.
While NHS England claims the shared data will be “de-identified”, meaning that directly recognisable details will be removed, privacy experts believe patients can be identified by piecing together bits of anonymous information. To address this, Good Law Project is working with claimants to make sure that every patient can opt out of having their information shared without proper safeguards.