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Campaign launches to try to force Palantir out of Britain’s NHS

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PLTRPeter Thiel, co-founder and chairman of Palantir Technologies Inc., pauses during a news conference in Tokyo, Japan, on Monday, Nov. 18, 2019.Kiyoshi Ota | Bloomberg | Getty Images

LONDON — A campaign is being launched to try to stop U.S. tech giant Palantir from working with the U.K.’s National Health Service.

The “No Palantir in Our NHS” campaign —launched at an event on Thursday — comes after Palantir partnered with the NHS on a Covid-19 “Data Store.” The project was designed to help the government and health service use data to monitor the spread of the virus.

Foxglove, which describes itself as a tech-justice non-profit, is leading the campaign, while over 50 other organizations working on civil liberties, anti-racism, migrant justice and public health have also backed it.

“We got dozens of organizations to realize and agree that this company has no place in the NHS in the long term,” Cori Crider, the lawyer who co-founded Foxglove, told CNBC on Wednesday.

Palantir, which has been criticized by privacy campaigners and human rights groups on multiple occasions, declined to comment when contacted by CNBC. A spokesperson for the NHS did not respond.

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