NHS England has awarded a significant data contract to Palantir, a U.S. tech company co-founded by entrepreneur Peter Thiel. This decision has sparked controversy, considering Thiel’s critical stance on the NHS and raised questions about data security and transparency.

P alantir, founded by venture capitalist Peter Thiel – a vocal critic of the NHS, has secured a crucial seven-year contract with NHS England worth £330m. Palantir is a U.S. tech company, originally funded by the CIA, offering software and consulting services to assist companies and government agencies in organizing data from diverse sources. The company’s involvement in managing the Federated Data Platform has generated widespread concerns about the security of personal health records.

“Highways create traffic jams, welfare creates poverty, schools make people dumb and the NHS makes people sick.”

Peter Thiel


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