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NHS issued legal challenge over contract with Palantir


Photo by Oli Scarff/Getty Images The tech-justice firm Foxglove has issued a lawsuit on behalf of news site openDemocracy over a National Health Services deal with the controversial big data firm Palantir Technologies.

According to Sky News , the lawsuit claims that NHS England failed to consider the impact of the deal on patients and the public by performing a fresh Data Protection Impact Assessment.

“This isn’t just about Palantir. The future of the NHS is being written now, in the latest chapter of the pandemic,” wrote Foxglove founding director Cori Crider and openDemocracy editor in chief Mary Fitzgerald in an opinion piece .

“The government has a legal duty to consult us, citizens and NHS users, before they strike massive deals which affect that future. In doing so, they need to take important steps (like conducting ‘data protection impact assessments’) to ensure our health information and our rights are protected,” Crider and Fitzgerald continued.


Palantir – originally funded, in part, by the CIA – has faced criticism and mistrust for its work, including its ties to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement. Last year, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services awarded Palantir multiple contracts as part of […]

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