2014-03-19

Co.Exist

Larry Page Wants To Open Up Anonymous Medical Records For All Researchers To Use

The Google founder doesn't want the government looking at your data, but there are some areas where he thinks the more open we are, the better.

Larry Page, co-founder and CEO of Google, is not a fan of the US government's privacy intrusions. "For me, it's tremendously disappointing that the government secretly did all this stuff and didn't tell us," he told Charlie Rose during an interview on the TED stage this week. "I don't think we can have a democracy if we have to protect you and your users from the government."

Not that Page is against open data. As the sufferer of a rare condition that has caused him to lose his voice, he's open to the opportunities that medical data can offer.

"Wouldn't it be amazing to have anonymous medical records available to all research doctors?" he asked. Page also suggested that patients could be notified whenever a doctor looks at their record. As we noted in our list of the world-changing ideas for 2014, doctors are already thinking about the possibility of transferring data from wearable health sensors into electronic medical records, de-identifying it, and making it public.

Page believes that data--like location data from phones--can also be useful in our daily online lives, if it comes with the proper protections. "We’re excited about incognito mode in Chrome, and doing that in more ways. But just giving people more choice and awareness of what’s going on," he said.

The Google co-founder also discussed some of the big-picture projects that his company is working on, including self-driving cars and balloons that offer Internet access in remote areas. His belief: a mesh of these balloons can cover the entire planet, offering Internet access to all.

Painting by Paul Corio.

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  • Google in the gov't back pocket, yet another violation of our rights. The gov’t constantly violates our rights.

    They violate the 1st Amendment by caging protesters and banning books like "America Deceived II".

    They violate the 4th and 5th Amendment by allowing TSA to grope you.

    They violate the entire Constitution by starting undeclared wars.

    Impeach Obama.

    Last link of "America Deceived II" before it is completely banned:

    amazon com/America-Deceived-II-Possession-interrogation/dp/1450257437

  • Don Demarco

    Yes, because Google or other supposedly private corporations, would never, ever, ever work with progressives in government "You cannot spell progressive without the SS."

  • Nice thought but the data sellers are already all over this with even Mayo clinic involved as they look for new revenue streams as their income is getting pinched so they are in partnership with a subsidiary of United Healthcare to make money with using the anonymized medical records and just last week another hospital in Texas joined in. They need the money so here we go, research records available for a price. The plan is to sell the data back to the drug and medical device companies as well to make some money there too.

    http://ducknetweb.blogspot.com/2014/03/larry-page-of-google-wants-anonymous.html

    So nice thought but Google's in the data game with what they collect about us, so it's data for profit as it's headed now to create more insurer subsidiary companies and give hospitals some revenue streams..Mayo took in around $9 billion in revenue to only show excess profits of $67 million which they say will drop this year as well, so you can see where this is going.

  • Alan Gorton

    Google is a CIA front company. Support neither. Search tax regs for excluded income. ecfr dot gov

  • back down to earth, g. simple. present me with relevant search data. of course, make your money: sell keywords to merchants, preferentially link me to a product search. don't save and track my data, don't mine my emails - if you can't not then don't offer. a search company. glasses? no, never. brain implants? kurzweil, suck it you freak, go make some music. self-driving autos? f, no. track where i go, what i look at, who i talk to? sheet, android to me is like windows to the kids. man, i need a log cabin. getoffthisplanet.

  • John Smith

    Look at all this anti-whitism. In the 60s, anti-whites flooded EVERY White country with millions of non-whites.

    Then anti-whites forced White people to integrate with those non-whites or face penalties for being "racistnaziswhowanttokill6millionjews."

    Now anti-whites are praising and counting down the days until White children are minorities and extinct EVERYWHERE. That makes it Genocide.

    Anti-racist is a code word for anti-white. "Diversity" is a code word for White Genocide.

  • Lead by example Larry. Post your medical records. Once they are public even if you can't discriminate against people, you know every employer will look your health record up before hiring you. Mental problems, drug use, obesity, diet

  • John Malverne

    Google has this strange penchant for believing that everyone's information should be made available for them to profit from.

  • Les Legato

    I agree. He should also make it a condition of employment for everyone working at google. Let's see how that flies.