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Europe Wants Your Medical Data In Its Fight for an Edge in AI

  • Privacy takes back seat in push to develop AI health databases
  • Microsoft faces questions on where it is storing French data

When thousands in Europe caught Covid-19 in March, France began collecting information on everything from early symptoms and drug sales to lab tests.

In a country noted for its strict approach to data protection, these efforts have gained the attention of regulators. On Friday, France’s top court raised these concerns when it cited the privacy watchdog’s caution on Microsoft Corp., which is hosting the hub project, to hand over details on what data is migrating to the U.S. and whether it can assure confidentiality.