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Asked on: 20 May 2020
Department of Health and Social Care
Palantir: Data Protection
Lords
To ask Her Majesty's Government how they intend to ensure that all personal data provided to Palantir Technologies UK (1) is, and (2) continues to be, anonymised; and what assessment they have made of research by Imperial College London and others that suggests that such data cannot be effectively anonymised.
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Answered by: Lord Bethell
Answered on: 10 June 2020

Data is de-identified by National Health Service staff before it is inputted into the NHS Data Store.

NHS England is the data controller for data processed in the NHS Data Store. Palantir Technology UK is engaged by NHS England under contract as a data processor. As a data processor, the organisation does have access to the data but can only process it under instruction from NHS England.

Asked on: 20 May 2020
Department of Health and Social Care
Palantir: Data Protection
Lords
To ask Her Majesty's Government whether there has been a written contract, or other legal act, as required by the Information Commissioner’s Office, between Palantir Technologies UK and the Department of Health and Social Care, governing the processing of personal data by Palantir Technologies UK; and if so, what plans they have to publish that contract for public scrutiny.
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Answered by: Lord Bethell
Answered on: 01 June 2020

Palantir has been contracted by NHS England to work on the NHS Data Store. The contract will be published in due course.

Asked on: 20 May 2020
Department of Health and Social Care
Palantir: Data Protection
Lords
To ask Her Majesty's Government whether any Data Protection Impact Assessments, required under data protection legislation, or any other impact assessments have been carried out on the processing of personal health data by Palantir Technologies UK; whether the Information Commissioner’s Office or other regulatory bodies have been notified of such impact assessments; and what plans they have to publish any such impact assessments for public scrutiny.
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Answered by: Lord Bethell
Answered on: 01 June 2020

A Data Protection Impact Assessment has been carried out for the NHS Data Store and is being published in due course by NHS England.

NHS England and the Department have been working closely with the Information Commissioner’s Office during the COVID-19 crisis.

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