Georgetown Voice September 11, 2022
Michelle Serban

When seeking a COVID-19 test, many Georgetown students turn to the free, on-campus option provided by the university through the primary care service One Medical. Amazon’s July acquisition of One Medical—with its 790,000 total users—has sparked worry among Georgetown community members about medical data security.

“I definitely do think this raised concerns about data privacy because we use One Medical often,” Prisha Punjabi (COL ’25) said.

Amazon has amassed large amounts of personal data—financial details, addresses, comprehensive ad preferences—and now, with the acquisition of One Medical, health data. Despite claims of regular audits and attentiveness to user privacy, the company has been accused of valuing growth over privacy by former high-level information security employees. 

“I would hope that whatever information is leaked to Amazon...

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