Health privacy advocates worry DeepMind will break its promise not to share health data with Google, but the company says nothing is changing

Dr. Dominic King

DeepMind, the Alphabet subsidiary focused on health and AI, announced in a company blog post on Tuesday that its health group will be absorbed by Google. That news comes just days after Google disclosed plans to form a new, centralized health unit at its Silicon Valley, California headquarters led by David Feinberg, a physician and former hospital executive.

As part of the move, Google will now manage the Streams app that DeepMind created. Streams is a tool to help doctors and nurses figure out which of their patients are at increased risk for acute kidney injury. It does that by analyzing patient information and sending an alert to a clinician’s phone to let them know that they’re urgently needed.

The move concerns some privacy advocates, as DeepMind had previously promised not to share data with its parent company.

“Data collected by DeepMind Health will never be connected to Google accounts or services,” the company said in a previous statement, which some privacy advocates are recirculating on Twitter:



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