BREAKING: Palantir Is Working With The UK To Manage Data for Ukrainian Refugees
"Bad Times Are Good For Palantir"
The CEO of Palantir recently said "bad times are good for Palantir." His argument was that the technology and mission of the company is crucial for when chaos happens in the world. The assumption of Palantir is that more chaos will happen then not - whether its a random disease spread or geopolitical uncertainty - and their technology should be at the core of what every business and government uses to get through the crisis and potentially stop the next one from happening.
As a result, Palantir proudly tries to make sure they are a first resort for governments to go to when things get tough. They just opened an office in Germany and issued a public letter urging European companies to understand that technology is needed in the fight to protect democracy and they will not survive without entering into a new era powered by data.
Either_Square recently uncovered that Palantir is likely working with the Lithuanian government on their Ukrainian Refugee initiative - an article will be posted later explaining how and you can view that tweet here.
So, how does this involve the UK?
First, Palantir has a $34M contract to work with the NHS, which is the National Health Service in the UK. They recently were shown to reduce wait times in backlogs at hospitals by 28%, saving tens of thousands of patients time. They also played a major role in vaccine distribution in 2020 for the pandemic.
So, they have a relationship with the UK government and could theoretically gain more contracts and provide services if the government requested it from them.
Here's what I found from a tip sent in anonymously on twitter - if you search "palantir homes for ukraine" - this is the website that pops up:
Note, a scheme to Americans may seem like a bad thing - in the UK it is just a term of art referring to an initiative.
From the website:
"The Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities (DLUHC) and the Home Office are data controllers for the Homes for Ukraine visa sponsorship scheme.
The purpose of this privacy notice is to tell you how DLUHC and the Home Office will process your personal data for their shared purposes to deliver the sponsorship scheme and the common objective of providing homes to those fleeing the war in Ukraine. You have rights concerning how your data is collected and used for this purpose. We inform you here what those rights are and how you can exercise them."
What is Homes For Ukraine?
From their website, "The UK is one of the most generous nations in the world and the British public are now being asked to go one step further and open their homes to those fleeing the war in Ukraine.
We have a long history of helping others in their hour of need and the Homes for Ukraine Scheme offers a lifeline to those forced to flee their homes."
So, the UK has an imitative similar to Lithuania to make sure they can help find a home for refugees from the horrific Ukraine Russia crisis.
The Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities (DLUHC) Office is a major data controller for all the sensitive information that is gathered around these refugees as they are seeking a new home in an entirely new country to them.
If you command f "Palantir" on the website, this is what you get:
"DLUHC and the Home Office have appointed a third-party company, Palantir, to assist with the collation, analysis and support relating to the expressions of interest and the matching of potential sponsors with applicants, once sponsor expressions if interest and visa applications have been received."
Palantir is working with the DLUHC to manage and operationalize the data brought in from the Homes for Ukraine initiative being conducted. This has not been reported by the company and is likely a new contract they recently won in order to provide these services. The websites linked above are official government websites explicitly claiming they are using Palantir to manage "collation, analysis and support" of data.
What does this mean for Palantir?
With more deals like this, coming to help governments to solve the BIGGEST and most complex data challenges of the modern era - it means that Palantir might actually become the most important software company in a very, very chaotic world.