Alphabet's COVID-19 project underscores privacy concerns with big tech

March 21, 2020 Mayuri Kumar

A new COVID-19 project from one of Google’s sister companies is the latest big-tech foray into healthcare to spark privacy concerns.

Verily Life Sciences, a research subsidiary of Alphabet, last week released a website designed to screen users for COVID-19 risk—and, for those who qualify, point them to mobile testing sites set up by the company. It’s part of Project Baseline, a data initiative Verily launched in 2017 to support clinical research and collect enough data to one day “map” human health.

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