Palantir: Databases

Department of Health and Social Care written question – answered on 3 April 2023.

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Photo of Baroness Merron Baroness Merron Opposition Whip (Lords), Shadow Spokesperson (Health and Social Care), Shadow Spokesperson (Culture, Media and Sport)

To ask His Majesty's Government, further to NHS England’s instruction to hospitals to use Palantir’s Faster Data Flows database, what categories of patient data Palantir will have access to.

Photo of Lord Markham Lord Markham The Parliamentary Under-Secretary for Health and Social Care

Palantir does not have access to data, identifiable or otherwise, held within the Foundry platform instances licensed to NHS England. Foundry, which is the platform used for Faster Data Flows, is a ‘Software as a Service’ platform licenced to NHS England as a product and integrated into NHS England systems. The National Health Service always remains the data controller and only NHS organisations have access to the data and otherwise determine access rights.

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