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Wednesday, February 18, 2009

Data sharing implications of the Coroners and Justice Bill

Have you considered the data sharing implications of the Coroners and Justice Bill.

Clauses 152-154 appear to make very significant changes to the Data Protection Act (DPA)1998. The changes propose enabling any government minister(s), following the approval of the Secretary of State responsible for data protection matters, to make an Information Sharing Order enabling any designated person or organisation to share specified information which includes at least some personal data. It would also severely weaken the independence of the Information Commissioner.

see http://www.bcs.org/upload/pdf/coroners-justice-bill.pdf for more information.

I would urge everyone to consider the implications of this, particularly in relation to the confidentiality of health records, and campaign for opposition to or amendment of the bill as currently proposed to protect the rights of the individual and ensure that the ethical codes practiced by several large professional groups, among which are clinicians and health informaticians are protected.

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