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UK Police Will Have Backdoor Access To Health Records 108

kc123 writes "David Davis MP, a former shadow home secretary, has told the Guardian that police would be able to access the new central NHS database without a warrant as critics warn of catastrophic breach of trust. The database that will store all of England's health records has a series of 'backdoors' that will allow police and government bodies to access people's medical data. In the past police would need to track down the GP who held a suspect's records and go to court for a disclosure order. Now, they would be able to simply approach the new arms-length NHS information centre, which will hold the records. The idea that police will be able to request information from a central database without a warrant totally undermines a long-held belief in the confidentiality of the doctor-patient relationship."
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UK Police Will Have Backdoor Access To Health Records

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  • Re:Unbelievable (Score:3, Interesting)

    by mrbester ( 200927 ) on Saturday February 08, 2014 @08:39AM (#46194781) Homepage

    The fun part being that once your data is on this access-for-all database it isn't yours anymore and thus you have no say in how it is doled out to all and sundry. There can't be a privacy violation if the new data owner (whichever dolt is Secretary of State for health at the time) allows it.

  • Hrmph (Score:5, Interesting)

    by sociocapitalist ( 2471722 ) on Saturday February 08, 2014 @09:20AM (#46194955)

    It's a good thing we won world war 2 isn't it.

    At least we've had sixty years of freedom.

  • Re:Unbelievable (Score:5, Interesting)

    by Teun ( 17872 ) on Saturday February 08, 2014 @01:05PM (#46196433) Homepage
    I'm wasting some mod points replying on your writings because you are very wrong.

    Private data, and can it get more private than medical information? is per EU law yours and will always stay yours.
    This is not the USofA where a corp can legally sell your stuff, not even in the case of bankruptcy.

    Now even EU law has some exceptions to this rule and law enforcement is one of them but it would still require judicial (court) oversight, no blanket trawling.

    Rather cynical is this idea is promoted by the same Cameron government that complains the Brussels's 'meddling' in it's internal affairs is wrong and needs to be stopped!

Nothing ever becomes real till it is experienced -- even a proverb is no proverb to you till your life has illustrated it. -- John Keats