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Facebook halts medical data sharing plan

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Facebook has halted plans to collect patient data from hospitals and match it up with its users’ information.

The social network confirmed the idea had been discussed but had been “paused” while the company dealt with its privacy crisis.

Facebook has faced scrutiny after the data of millions of people was improperly shared with the political consultancy Cambridge Analytica.

The company said it had not yet received any health records.

The hospital data sharing proposal was discovered by CNBC reporter Christina Farr.

Two people familiar with the plan told her, on condition of anonymity, that Facebook had approached hospitals and health organisations such as Stanford Medical School and the American College of Cardiology.

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