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Parliamentary questions
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22 November 2019
E-003979/2019
Question for written answer E-003979/2019
to the Commission
Rule 138
Nicolás González Casares (S&D)
 Answer in writing 
 Subject: Gathering of medical data by Google

According to recent media reports, a federal investigation has been opened into the alleged gathering of medical data by Google as part of ‘Project Nightingale’ (named after Florence Nightingale, the founder of modern nursing), via an agreement with Ascension, a healthcare chain. The reports suggest that the patient data concerned, which are not anonymised and include full medical records, are being used without the consent of the patients and doctors involved.

With this in mind, the process of bringing European health into the digital age will guarantee, in line with Commission Communication COM (2018) 233 final, that citizens are able to access a comprehensive electronic health record. Not only will this enable them to maintain control over their records, but also prevent unauthorised access.

In the light of the foregoing:

Has the Commission taken any steps to check whether such agreements and practices are being used in the EU? If so, what steps have been taken?

 

Original language of question: ES
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