Earlier this week, the Wall Street Journal reported that Google had struck a deal with the U.S.-based health system Ascension that gives the search giant access to the personal health information of millions of Americans.

While the arrangement may come equipped with a code name—Project Nightingale—and give more than 150 Google employees access to data such as patient names, lab results, hospitalization records and doctor diagnoses, it could actually wind up being pretty run of the mill as far as the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) is concerned.

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