In January Sber announced the creation of an algorithm that can determine the presence of COVID-19 by coughing in a minute. According to the creators of the application, the information for the algorithm was taken from open data collected "on a volunteer basis."
Such data do not belong to the category of medical secrets, and Sber is not required to obtain consent for their use from patients. Alexander Nadmitov, managing partner of the law firm Nadmitov, Ivanov and Partners, told RBC about this. “If the data was anonymized, then no consent is needed for their use. Recording a cough, if it is impersonal, is not a medical secret. Medical confidentiality includes diagnoses in relation to specific individuals, ”he added.
Source: Lawyers ruled out violation of the law when Sber collected cough samples