Royal Free and Google DeepMind: A question of implied consent

Two years after the Royal Free Hospital’s undertaking to the ICO on Google DeepMind Health’s processing of its personal data, what can we learn from its audit and independent review? Robert Waixel reports.

In July 2017, the Royal Free Hospital (RF) was required by the ICO to sign an Undertaking(1) regarding the processing of its patient data by Google DeepMind Health (DM). Among the remedial steps required were an audit of the Royal Free and DeepMind’s use of its data, and the establishment of an Independent Review Panel which would publish reports annually.

Peter Church, Counsel at Linklaters spoke, at the Privacy Laws & Business 32nd Annual International Conference, in Cambridge, about the audit and Dr Julian Huppert, former MP and Director, Intellectual Forum, Jesus College, Cambridge University, who was a member of the Independent Review Panel, talked about the Panel.

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