US Senator questions Google about screening site COVID-19: why do I need to sign in to my Google account?

Tram Ho

Recently, the US Democratic Party Senator sent an important letter to Verily, Alphabet’s life sciences research firm. They include Robert Menendez and Cory Booker of New Jersey, Sherrod Brown of Ohio, Richard Blumenthal of Connecticut and Kamala Harris of California. The content of the letter is about the data security of users who participated in the screening at their research screening site COVID-19. This is a concern raised when Verily is continuing to expand the scope of research in the community.

Thượng nghị sĩ Mỹ chất vấn Google về trang web sàng lọc COVID-19: tại sao cần phải đăng nhập tài khoản Google? - Ảnh 1.

Verily’s research page COVID-19.

To be able to use Verily’s screening website, users need to link an existing Google account or create a new account. Therefore, senators are questioning why it is necessary to log in and pressure Verily to change this.

In the letter, the senators asked: “Will Verily provide an alternative authentication method for individuals who do not want or cannot sign up for a Google account?” They also asked Verily to clarify whether the screening site complies with HIPAA’s Privacy Rules (a set of standards for protecting users’ medical data)?

This was the second letter to the senators’ Verily for further information. The first letter was sent on March 18 to Google CEO Sundar Pichai and Vice President Mike Pence. They want to know if Google has entered into any agreements with the US government to launch a screening site for COVID-19 virus research and how Google will protect the personal health data of user.

Verily provided feedback that “will erase information collected through the Baseline COVID-19 Program, unless individuals allow to keep and use their information separately”. They also said they would share user data with third parties like Salesforce so customer support services contact users. This is really not the answer that senators expect. Therefore, they want more direct answers from CEO Verily Andrew Conrad.

In this latest letter, they asked Verily to explain how users will be asked to allow additional use of information as well as provide users with the option to store data time. In addition, there are questions about the cooperation between government agencies, Verily and Google are working together and will comply with California Consumer Privacy Act when regulating data in other states. currently more loose. The letter requested Verily to respond before April 6. Verily’s spokesperson did not make any comments before this information.

Earlier, President Donald Trump announced that he and Google would deploy a COVID-19 screening website. This site was launched shortly afterwards by Verily and limited to the Bay Area in California. After that, Google also launched its own website COVID-19, but it was just a portal on disease situation as well as sharing measures to cope with and without screening. Therefore, Verily will be responsible for expanding the scope of her research to the community.

Refer to Business Insider

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