Surprised? Google Gets Health Data on Millions of Americans

There was a time, long ago, when we were shocked that companies wanted to invade our privacy.  Not any longer.

The latest installment of privacy-busting comes from Google (now Alphabet), which has teamed up with St. Louis-based Ascension on a new project called Nightingale.  Part of the initiative calls for collecting personal health-related information on millions of Americans across 21 states.

The information includes lab results, doctor diagnoses and hospitalization records, among other categories, and amounts to a complete health history, complete with patient names and dates of birth, according to the Wall Street Journal.

The revelation came soon after Google announced it will purchase wearable device company Fitbit for $2.1 billion.

Maybe by learning our personal medical information, Google can stealthily market Fitbits to the people who need them the most, like those on the verge of diabetes or those who carry a few extra pounds.

It’s a great way to figure out your target market, as long as you have no compunction about how you got the data.

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  1. nan

    it’s all disgusting. and who didn’t know this would happen? next google and facebook will be posting your private imaging at TIMES SQUARE with zero repercussions. HUGE mistake allowing google to be so powerful. THANKS OBAMA! you did it again buddying up with those that can contaminate ‘we the people’ information for the detriment of them. i hope it all pertains to YOU TOOOOOOOO, or are YOU above the law? hmmmmmmm. methinks yes. corruption is in your bones. go back where you came from.

  2. Ann

    why don’t the idiots in Washington stop playing the impeachment game and do something positive, for a change. like, for example, why isn’t there a massive delving into Google and censure for taking people’s private health history/conditions for their own enrichment. I have never trusted Google without knowing exactly why — well, now I know my instinct was correct, and I will never, ever use Google for anything again.

  3. Anony Mous

    MY health records are NOT for dissemination. My health provider and insurance companies have been advised that should they sell or pass out ANY of my information they will be the subject of a MAJOR lawsuit.
    And should Google approach me about anything related to MY health, they will get owned. By me.

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