The regulators start probe into Google’s Ascension to the cloud-computing deal-WSJ

FILE PHOTO: A sign is displayed out of a Google office in the area of the company’s headquarters in Mountain View, California, united states, May 8, 2019. (REUTERS photo/Dave Paresh/File Photo/File Photo

(Reuters) – A U.S. regulator has launched an investigation into a cloud-computing-deal, among Alphabet, Inc., Google, and Ascension Health ASCNH.UL] Google to access the detailed information on the health of millions of patients, the Wall Street Journal reported on Tuesday.

The Office for Civil Rights at the u.s. Department of Health and Human Services, have a look at the collection of the data, and to ensure that the partnership is in compliance with the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA), which safeguards medical information, the Magazine said:

On Monday, Google said patient’s data, “it can not, and will not be used in conjunction with Google’s consumer data.”

Google did not immediately reply to Reuters’ request for comment.

(This story corrects the acronym in the second paragraph of the HIPAA

Reporting by Abhishek Manikandan in Bengaluru; Editing by Christopher Cushing

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