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According to Business Insider, the Wall Street Journal reports that Google has teamed up with the hospital system Ascension to collect personal health information on millions of Americans, as part of Project Nightingale.


  1. For you, what is the most troubling issue related to this story?
  2. Can you explain how it would be possible for Ascension to allow Google use of the consumer data without their consent and still comply with HIPAA?
  3. How large is Ascension in terms of operating revenue?
  4. What did Google say that it would use the data for?


Feinstein, C. (2019). Google and a massive hospital system are reportedly collecting private health data on millions of Americans in secret., Nov. 11 (Retrievable online at