DeepMind Patient Data Access Questioned by U.K. Privacy Adviser

DeepMind, an artificial intelligence company owned by Alphabet Inc., accessed 1.6 million hospital patient records using an inappropriate legal justification, according to a top U.K. government adviser. The National Data Guardian, Dame Fiona Caldicott, who advises the U.K. Department of Health on patient data privacy, gave the opinion in a letter sent to Stephen Powis, medical director of London’s Royal Free Hospital Trust, on Feb. 20. Starting in July 2015, the Royal Free worked with DeepMind to develop an app...