Careless

The people who run NHS England and the Health and Social Care Information Centre never wanted to give the public a choice about whether their data would be mined and sold for research purposes (and the clumsy, ill-infomed opt-out that was dragged out of them isn’t a proper choice anyway). It should therefore come as […]

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Dangerous Liaisons

“We found this meeting to be productive and are pleased with the level of cooperation between our respective organisations” Letter from David Evans, Strategic Liaison, Information Commissioner’s Office, to Christine Outram, Director of Strategic Intelligence, NHS England, 26 September 2013   As the care.data leaflet arrived in people’s homes in January, the ICO published a blog […]

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A very long engagement

Tim Kelsey’s appearance on the Today programme was not illuminating. No compromise, no acknowledgement that the process has been badly handled, and the plan to slip leaflets about the process in with the pizza menus was on the advice of ‘competent marketing agencies’ (the sound you just heard was the launch of an FOI request […]

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Doctor knows best

Dr Clare Gerada, who was until recently chair of the Royal College of General Practitioners, has written an article for The Times about care.data, stoutly defending the scheme and its benefits for the public. The Times doesn’t give its stories away for free (a stance that they’re perfectly entitled to adopt), so if you want […]

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And another thing

Put on your anoraks, friends, we’re going to Data Protection land. My objection to care.data is that it is unfair – I believe that data should only be extracted from GP systems and used for research (no matter how beneficial) with consent. I am wary of care.data’s hype-man Dr Tim Kelsey, who said on Twitter […]

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