European Data Protection Digest

Critics: Database Too Accessible

HEALTHCARE PRIVACY—UK

February 18, 2011

The NHS's new summary care records database is drawing fire from privacy advocates, reports yourashford.co.uk. The system aims to streamline patient care with a centralised database, but critics say the NHS isn't informing the public of the wide range of people who will have access to patient data. Ian Taylor of the No2ID organisation says government, police and researchers will be able to access the data and NHS informational letters are misleading. "Contrary to the enclosed information, people not directly involved in your care will be able to access your record," he said. Mark Gray of Eastern and Coastal Kent says access controls--such as chipped smartcards, individual passcodes and patient consent requirements--are built into the system.
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