Facebook has requested a number of major U.S. hospitals to share anonymized information about their patients, like illnesses and prescription data, for a purported research project. Facebook was anticipating to match it up with user information it had gathered from their site and help the hospitals find out which patients may need particular care or treatment as reported by CNBC
CNBC goes on to say that the so-called proposal never went past the planning stages and has been put on hiatus after the Cambridge Analytica info leak scandal was made public and the fears over how Facebook and other sites mine and use specified data 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.
However, as recently as last month, Facebook was talking to numerous health organizations, as well as Stanford Medical School and American College of Cardiology, about contracting the info-sharing agreement.
Even though the information shared would conceal personally identifiable data like the patient's name, Facebook intended on utilizing a common computer science method called "hashing" to link people who were in both groups. Facebook stated that the data would have been used just for research directed by the medical community.
This information could be sold to medical companies and in turn used to advertise to individuals with medical issues, similar to how Facebook sells your data to companies already. This is another way for Facebook to generate revenue by selling your private information.