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Patient data of hundreds of thousands of Dutch people in silence to Google moved
iHLN Patient data from hundreds of thousands of people in silence moved to the cloud of Google. That's according to research by our colleagues of the Newspaper. Hospitals are aware of this, but patients know nothing at all. Privacy experts and politicians fear for the safety of this highly sensitive medical data.

The data of hundreds of thousands of people with cancer, diabetes, parkinson's and other common disorders end up today in the Google Cloud. The patients themselves know nothing of. With the permission of hospitals, stores, commercial, company, Medical Research Data Management (MRDM) this data is now on at the American techgigant. the

MRDM from Deventer, in the Dutch municipality of the province of Overijssel, will receive the treatment information directly from the hospitals kept patient records. Per patient concerned, sometimes five hundred of information: from medication and complications to hospitalisation and surgery. Those billions of data are encrypted, forwarded to 22 rural registratiebanken. As a result, to precisely monitor the setting of a condition the best treats.


Although the patiëntdata so encrypted to be forwarded to Google, privacyexperts and politicians still critical. They fear that the medical data are relatively easy to decrypt, for example, by U.s. intelligence services, hackers or Google itself. the

“For a giant like Google, which is already so much data other people own, it is technically often be a piece of cake to make this encrypted data to identify an individual”, says Guido van ’t Noordende, a Dutch expert in the field of electronic patientendossier.

Belangenclub Privacy First the move to the cloud, “unwise and risky”. “Once it is gone.” Ict-expert, Brenno de Winter calls the cloudgang “extremely worrying”.


the Second chamber's Members are concerned, D66 and the SP want an explanation from the government. D66 Mp Kees Verhoeven: “The shadowy obscurity is troubling.” Verhoeven wants the Authority Personal data in the course of business key: “Is this all AVG-proof?” Other experts argue that. the

MRDM allows no room for error, and all legal and privacy requirements. The dataverwerker is according to director Paul Crauwels not required to ask permission to patients or to inform them. Also, hospitals don't have. He says that there is a “waterproof contract” lies " about the security of data. “Google does nothing with the data, the data remain also in the Dutch ‘cloudregio’.” the

The shadowy unknown is disturbing

D66 Mp Kees Verhoeven

According to the MRDM-director, Google is correctly chosen because of the high level of security. A large data center includes ict experts as safer than local storage at multiple locations. the

Google stressed that the data be encrypted and that the company data is the “can't access or analyze”. “Customers keep full control over their own data.”

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