Apr 5, 2018

Facebook quietly explored getting patient data from hospitals

A Facebook Inc. logo is pictured on a desktop computer's display, Milan on March 29, 2018. Photo: Alberto Pezzali/NurPhoto via Getty Images

Facebook explored a data-sharing project with hospitals, now on hold, to profile patients anonymously in order to provide better care, according to CNBC.

Why it matters: Though it promised that no data would identify individual patients by name, Facebook's plan raises a lot of concerns about patient and user privacy. The company has been in hot water in recent weeks after it was discovered that its third-party app tools allowed a researcher to capture user data which was then passed to Cambridge Analytica.

More: The project was led at Facebook by interventional cardiologist Freddy Abnousi, working out of Building 8, the company's secretive unit working on moonshot projects.

A spokesperson told CNBC that the project never went beyond the planning phase.

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More states issue stay-at-home orders as coronavirus crisis escalates

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Florida and Georgia governors ordered all residents to stay at home late Wednesday, with exceptions for those engaged in essential services, including health care and government functions.

The big picture: In a matter of weeks, the number of states that issued orders nearly quadrupled, affecting almost 300 million Americans.

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White House recommends Americans wear masks in public

New Yorker wearing a homemade face covering. Photo: Selcuk Acar/NurPhoto via Getty Images

The White House announced that the CDC is recommending Americans wear cloth masks or face coverings in public to help stop the spread of the coronavirus, President Trump said at a press briefing on Friday — emphasizing the guidance is "voluntary."

Why it matters: The use of face coverings could stop people who have the virus, whether they have symptoms or not, from spreading it further when they go out in public.

Trump calls to fill up more places with oil

President Trump is calling on the Energy Department to find more places to store oil, in the wake of rock-bottom prices and an ensuing economic collapse of the sector itself.

Driving the news: Trump’s comments came Friday during a televised portion of a meeting he hosted with industry CEOs to discuss ways to help the sector. It’s reeling from a historic drop-off in demand with the world shutting down to slow the spread of the coronavirus.