European Data Protection Digest

Police Seek Access to Teenage Girls' Health Records

HEALTHCARE PRIVACY—UK

June 7, 2012

The Independent reports doctors are concerned with plans by police in Manchester to obtain anonymised data from NHS sexual health centres to identify areas where gangs may be operating. The database is currently only available to doctors and contains such details as patient age groups, ethnicity, the area in which they live and for what diseases they were screened. A police spokesman said there are legal structures that would allow information to be “exchanged, assessed and acted upon” without breaching the law.
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