Patient Data Privacy Lawsuit Against Google, UChicago Dismissed

Jessica Davis

The patient data privacy lawsuit brought against Google and the University of Chicago Medical Center was dismissed by a federal judge in Illinois on September 4, ruling that patient who filed the suit against the entities failed to adequately demonstrate the damages suffered as a result of the partnership.

The ruling is a big win for Google, currently facing backlash over a similar partnership with Ascension. Patients argue the collaboration would give the tech giant troves of sensitive data without patient consent—in direct violation of HIPAA.

Google and Ascension have repeatedly stressed the partnership followed HIPAA-guidelines, but it prompted a massive privacy debate on the need for Congress to take action on gaps in the outdated regulation.

The UChicago and Google partnership was announced in 2017: a machine learning project for...

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