Surprise surprise 😱
"Google has been accused of breaking promises to patients, after the company announced it would be moving a healthcare-focused subsidiary, DeepMind Health, into the main arm of the organisation."
Reminder that patients did not even give consent to this data going to Google in the first place:
Google has no problem breaking privacy promises. They cannot be trusted.
I'm not a big Google fan and de-googlized my life after the Snowden revelations (in 2013 or so?)
That said, if they fund worthwhile projects, that's a good thing and commendable. The question is of course whether funding comes with strings attached (often implicit).
"Sure, John is a creepy peeping-tom, but he donated 50 cents to the Food Bank, so that's commendable."
The funding (while of course coming with strings firmly attached) is also a pittance for Google. That's literally 5 seconds of revenue - like me throwing a quarter to a homeless guy. He might think it's a lot, but do I really deserve to be called a philanthropist?
And the other big question is, where does Google get it's money? How can it afford to throw $1 million at anything in the first place? If the answer is through monopolistic practices and unscrupulous data collection, then isn't it the case that this co-op project is benefiting from the very things we're trying to replace? If it is the case that they are simply using some of their ill-gotten gains for PR purposes, is that really commendable, or is it just devious?
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