Apr 6, 2018

Facebook halts medical data sharing plan

Facebook has halted plans to collect patient data from hospitals and match it up with its users' information. Facebook has faced scrutiny after the data of millions of people was improperly shared with the political consultancy Cambridge Analytica. Two people familiar with the plan told her, on condition of anonymity, that Facebook had approached hospitals and health organisations such as Stanford Medical School and the American College of Cardiology. The plan was to take health records - such as a patient's age, prescription and number of hospital visits - and link it to their Facebook data. The Facebook data might reveal that a patient did not have many friends or did not receive many messages, so might need a nurse to visit them at home.

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