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Therein lies the current concern. Private companies’ increasingly prominent role in offering data-intensive health services gives them infrastructural power. As the UK public continues to rely on the NHS for health and care, the NHS’s growing dependence on private services could lead to a scenario in which it is dominated by technologies and actors that the public is unable to truly challenge. References 1.

Lawson, N. (1992) The View from No. 11: Memoirs of a Tory Radical. London: Bantam, p. 613.

2. See: https://www.wired.co.uk/article/ google-apple-amazon-nhs-healthdata For background on publicprivate partnerships in the UK, see: https://www.nao.org.uk/wp-content/ uploads/2018/01/PFI-and-PF2.pdf 3.

See: https://theodi.org/article/odisurvey-reveals-british-consumerattitudes-to-sharing-personal-data

4. Stockdale J., Cassell J., & Ford E. (2019). ‘Giving something back’: A systematic review and ethical enquiry into public views on the use of patient data for research in the United Kingdom and the Republic of Ireland. Wellcome Open Research. 3:6. 5.

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See: https://www. adalovelaceinstitute.org/healthdata-partnerships-adas-view

6. See: https://ico.org.uk/aboutthe-ico/news-and-events/ news-and-blogs/2017/07/royalfree-google-deepmind-trial-failedto-comply-with-data-protection-law and https://www.theguardian.com/ technology/2017/jul/03/googledeepmind-16m-patient-royal-freedeal-data-protection-act

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See: https://healthtech.blog.gov. uk/2020/03/28/the-power-ofdata-in-a-pandemic ; https://tech. newstatesman.com/coronavirus/ palantir-covid19-datastorecoronavirus ; https://www. opendemocracy.net/en/we-needurgent-answers-about-massivenhs-covid-data-deal

8. See: https://www.opendemocracy. net/en/under-pressure-ukgovernment-releases-nhs-coviddata-deals-big-tech 9. See: https://www.opendemocracy. net/en/under-pressure-ukgovernment-releases-nhs-coviddata-deals-big-tech 10. See: https://tech.newstatesman. com/coronavirus/palantir-nhs-deal 11. See: https://tech.newstatesman. com/cloud/peter-thiel-palantir-modcontracts-2 In north-east England, Palantir worked with Sunderland council to develop an ‘Intelligence Hub’ that aimed to create a ‘single view’ of each citizen, drawing on data from a range of databases and care points. See: https://www.doc. gold.ac.uk/~bjohn002/ councilwatch/index.html

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