When did you consent to Amazon profiting from your NHS data?

Matt Hancock: as Health Secretary, it seems he has broken data protection laws by handing your information to a commercial organisation that intends to profit from it.

The Times is reporting that the Tory government has handed all your NHS health information to Amazon – free – so that company can make a profit from it.

And they did it without telling you – presumably in the hope that nobody would notice.

How do you feel about that?

When did you give your consent to it?

This is private information which, as a data controller, the NHS should not be passing on to anybody else. That’s the law.

But of course the Tories don’t think that even the laws they write apply to them.

Amazon has been handed the keys to a trove of NHS data it can use to develop products to sell internationally without paying a penny to the UK.

A government contract, revealed under freedom of information laws, shows the partnership goes far beyond the tie-up with Amazon’s Alexa voice assistant announced in July.

The health secretary, Matt Hancock, said at the time the NHS should “embrace” the technology, saying it would cut pressure on GPs and pharmacists. But the contract shows the American tech giant could access more than just NHS website data.

The $863bn company can access “all healthcare information” gathered by the NHS at the UK taxpayers’ expense, including “symptoms, causes and definitions”.

Source: Amazon ready to cash in on free access to NHS data | News | The Sunday Times

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7 thoughts on “When did you consent to Amazon profiting from your NHS data?

  1. Kenneth Billis

    Every two years I get a letter asking me to participate in the NHS bowel cancer screening program. If I do nothing I receive a screening kit two weeks later but in the letter it points out that participating might be inappropriate if, for example, I am already receiving treatment for bowel cancer. It is pointed out in the letter that they won’t know this because they don’t have access to my medical records!

  2. hugosmum70

    is there no end to what this vile set of Tories will do with our data, with us. at us etc? i’m still actually reeling from the results of the GE 2019 .. i keep seeing a few odd things about this has been discovered, thats been discovered. they did this,that etc but never anything about anyone being done for any of it. i find that weird to say the least.

  3. Stu

    I remember when changing surgeries about some small-print on a form that said you can request a not sharing info form from the reception.
    The fact it was “share by default” and took advantage of British politeness offended me.

  4. Jeffrey Davies

    2011 didn’t they try this with atos crapita maximus can’t remember which but they given permission to them

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