[Ed. – Gee, what could go wrong? The premise behind this is basically the exact same premise as what Facebook advertised it could do for political customers in the 2016 campaign. Facebook would never, ever sell the data; no, sir. But if you wanted to, you could target the data Facebook had, using Facebook’s tools (for a fee), to see how much of it matched up with the microtargeted and personally identifying data that you collected, in some other way. In other words, you start with the list of people, and Facebook’s database will tell you if it’s got information relevant to those people — a conclusion you’re responsible for drawing yourself.]
Facebook has asked several major U.S. hospitals to share anonymized data about their patients, such as illnesses and prescription info, for a proposed research project. Facebook was intending to match it up with user data it had collected, and help the hospitals figure out which patients might need special care or treatment.
The proposal never went past the planning phases and has been put on pause after the Cambridge Analytica data leak scandal raised public concerns over how Facebook and others collect and use detailed information about Facebook users.
“This work has not progressed past the planning phase, and we have not received, shared, or analyzed anyone’s data,” a Facebook spokesperson told CNBC.
But as recently as last month, the company was talking to several health organizations…