"The team working within Google, alongside brilliant colleagues from across the organisation, will help make this vision a reality". Privacy advocates say that by allowing Google to absorb Streams, DeepMind now has little hope of guaranteeing patient data will be used in an ethical way.
"The staff of DeepMind Health promised they wouldn't give data to Google, so the owners of DeepMind handed the Health team to Google, data included", said Phil Booth, co-ordinator of medConfidential, a campaign group for confidentiality and consent in health and social care.
DeepMind was bought by Google's parent company Alphabet for £400 million ($520m) in 2014 and up until now has maintained independence.
As a result, an independent review panel was set up to oversee DeepMind's relationship with the NHS, but this will now be scrapped, at least in its current form, DeepMind confirmed.More news: Number of missing in California fire jumps past 600
The company said the review board is overly focused on the United Kingdom, and would be "unlikely to be the right structure" to interact with an internationally oriented body.
The Streams team will remain in London and continue to operate under King.
Also, the level and scope of research undertaken by DeepMind will continue unabated, which also applies to any partnership in place with academic organizations and such.
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A DeepMind spokesperson emphasised that the core of the promise remains intact: "All patient data remains under our partners' strict control, and all decisions about its use lie with them".
United Kingdom medical privacy group MedConfidential referred to a 2016 BBC article in which DeepMind was said to be ensuring that Streams data "isn't shared with Google".
'For two and a half years now, at every available opportunity, DeepMind has stated unequivocally that it will never connect the health data it collects under Streams with Google, ' Dr Julia Powles, of New York University School of Law told the Telegraph.
DeepMind has also been criticised by health watchdogs in the past. "The move to Google does not affect this".More news: Roy Clark, Country Music Legend and 'Hee Haw' Host Dead at 85