NHS Hospitals Told to Share Confidential Patient Data with U.S. ‘Spy-Tech’ Firm Owned by Billionaire
🏴🇺🇸@COVID19Up: Hundreds of National Health Service (NHS) hospitals have been ordered to share people’s confidential medical records with an American spy-tech company linked (https://www.trtworld.com/magazine/israel-linked-cia-funded-palantir-goes-public-making-espionage-mainstream-40230) to Israel and owned by a billionaire who helped (https://theintercept.com/2017/02/22/how-peter-thiels-palantir-helped-the-nsa-spy-on-the-whole-world/) the NSA spy on the whole world.
Palantir Technologies—the secretive Silicon Valley firm founded (https://www.newsweek.com/what-palantir-never-profitable-company-born-help-cia-seed-money-makes-market-debut-1535509) by Peter Thiel with CIA money—will collect (https://www.opendemocracy.net/en/palantir-foundry-faster-data-flows-nhs-cori-crider-foxglove/) patient information from all hospitals in England, according to internal NHS documents.
In a letter sent last month, the health service finance chief Julian Kelly gave NHS trusts until the end of March to begin uploading patient information to a new central database that uses Palantir’s Foundry software.
The instruction came despite a government pledge, made after openDemocracy sued the Department of Health and Social Care in 2021, to consult the public before agreeing to work with Palantir again.
The new database, called ‘Faster Data Flows’, collects daily information about hospital patients—including their dates of birth, postcodes and detailed medical histories—that was previously held by individual trusts and shared less frequently.