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Report: Privacy campaigners raise concern over NHS' 'information-sharing' deal with Google unit

Privacy campaigners have raised concerns over an "information-sharingagreement" the Royal Free NHS Trust struck in 2015 to let unit DeepMind access private medical files of up to 1.6 millionpatients, the Daily Mail (U.K.) reportedMay 3.

The data was handed over to DeepMind after trust managers askedthe company to launch an app for monitoring possible kidney failure. The data, whichis encrypted, includes the names and medical histories of patients who stayed inhospital overnight or attended A&E in the past five years, according to thereport.

While privacy campaigners have questioned the way the informationwas handed over to Google without the patients' consent, the Royal Free NHS Trustsaid the files were not sold to Google and it is unlikely that the information willbe leaked online.

Google is a unit of AlphabetInc.