Dec 082019
 December 8, 2019  Posted by  Business, Healthcare, Non-U.S.

Toby Helm reports:

Data about millions of NHS patients has been sold to US and other international pharmaceutical companies for research, the Observer has learned, raising new fears about America’s growing ambitions to access lucrative parts of the health service after Brexit.

US drugs giants, including Merck, Bristol-Myers Squibb and Eli Lilly, have paid the Department of Health and Social Care, which holds data derived from GPs’ surgeries, for licences costing up to £330,000 each in return for anonymised data to be used for research.

Read more on The Guardian.

And yes, I am aware of reports about Russia being behind the leaking of these documents. But there is also an important question:  are the documents accurate/real? If they are, then Russia’s motives aside for now, we need to look at what the documents reveal.

Dec 072019
 December 7, 2019  Posted by  Laws, Youth & Schools

Julia Kadish and Liisa Thomas of SheppardMullin write:

January 1, 2020, organizations that employ individuals based in Illinois will need to keep in mind the Artificial Intelligence Video Interview Act. This Act sets forth new requirements for video-recorded interviews using AI to analyze such recordings. The law is not limited to just Illinois residents. It applies to applicants for positions based in Illinois. While brief, and without any definitions, the Act requires three things before using AI technology in video interviews.

First, businesses using AI technology in this way must notify the applicant before the interview that AI may be used. Second, they must explain how the AI works and what “general types” of characteristics it uses to evaluate applicants.

Read more on Eye On Privacy.

Dec 072019
 December 7, 2019  Posted by  Court, Govt, Surveillance

From FourthAmendment.com:

State’s own delays in attempting to get a blood draw showed lack of exigency for it. People v. Eubanks, 2019 IL 123525, 2019 Ill. LEXIS 1235 (Dec. 5, 2019):

[*P66] Given the facts, the State’s original concession that sufficient exigent circumstances were lacking is not surprising. No evidence was introduced that the police ever attempted to secure a warrant. This is to be expected, as the statute told them they did not need one. The police told defendant that the law required him to give the blood and urine samples, so they were clearly proceeding under the belief that a warrant was unnecessary.

Read more on FourthAmendment.com

Dec 072019
 December 7, 2019  Posted by  Healthcare, Misc

Dava Stewart reports:

Nebula Genomics is introducing a new model for genetic sequencing that emphasizes privacy and consumer ownership of data. It does this by allowing customers to anonymously submit their DNA and pay for sequencing without including any personally identifiable information. In a twist that will interest medical laboratory professionals, Nebula is using blockchain as part of this gene testing service.

Read more on DarkDaily.