European Data Protection Digest

Caldicott: Any Unlawful Sharing Should Be Reported as Breach

HEALTHCARE PRIVACY—UK

May 2, 2013

In The Information Governance Review, commissioned by the government, Dame Fiona Caldicott recommends, “The processing of data without a legal basis, where one is required, must be reported to the board or equivalent body of the health or social care organisation involved and dealt with as a data breach.” Caldicott suggests there is a “culture of anxiety” that can preclude the sharing of personal health information between entities, Out-Law.com reports. Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt commented that the report “has been about striking the right balance between sharing people’s health and care information to improve services and develop new treatments while respecting the privacy and wishes of the patient,” the report states.
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