SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — A surveillance know-how firm that had a $21 million contract with the state of Utah suspended over its founder’s previous associations with white supremacists additionally had a contract with a healthcare firm, to trace coronavirus affected person knowledge.
The Salt Lake Tribune reports the contract would have allowed Park Metropolis-based tech firm Banjo to promote knowledge it collected via authorities companies to an out of doors group.
The settlement was reached final month and later suspended. It referred to as for Intermountain Healthcare to pay $60,000 for tools that carried a Banjo pc platform that had monitored a variety of presidency surveillance knowledge — from safety cameras to 911 calls.
Intermountain spokesman Daron Cowley stated the contracted work had not but began.
The federal government surveillance knowledge was made obtainable to Banjo beneath contracts with Utah and native governments to develop a crime-detection program. These contracts were suspended following stories from the know-how publication OneZero that Banjo founder Damien Patton was concerned with a Ku Klux Klan faction as an adolescent and a drive-by capturing at a Nashville, Tennessee synagogue 30 years in the past.
Lawyer Common Sean Reyes stated he would run an unbiased audit to deal with privateness issues it has obtained over this system and potential bias.
Banjo didn’t instantly reply to an emailed request from The Related Press for remark in regards to the Intermountain contract. Patton has acknowledged his “despicable and hateful” previous deeds and stated he welcomes the audit.
— to apnews.com