Politie en andere overheidsdiensten krijgen in Engeland via een achterdeur gewoon toegang tot alle medische gegevens in het Britse EPD dat in mei live gaat! Ook als mensen daar nee tegen hebben gezegd. Frank las het in Beveiliging Nieuws, die het weer heeft van WebWereld.nl, die het weer heeft van The Guardian. En het gaat heel erg ver. De kern van het artikel:
‘David Davis MP, a former shadow home secretary, told the Guardian he has established that police will be able to access the health records of patients when investigating serious crimes even if they had opted out of the new database, which will hold the entire population's medical data in a single repository for the first time from May.
In the past, Davis said, 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," he said.
The records will include mental health conditions, drugs prescribed, as well as smoking and drinking habits – and will be created from GP records and linked to hospital records. Ministers have defended the incoming system – which supporters say could bring huge benefits to care and research – saying it has mechanisms to de-identify records and a series of committees which will consider requests from thinktanks, businesses, universities and government bodies, as well as offering opt-outs for patients concerned about the use of their data.
But opting out of data sharing outside the NHS will not prevent records being sucked up and state agencies in some cases will be able to get access to them.
In the case of the police, officers will be able to request all of the medical data held for specific suspects with their correct identities, regardless of whether they had opted out.’
Het hele artikel is interessant. Ook de reacties zijn goed en soms erg leuk. Zoals deze van dianab: ‘Really should go back to doctor handwritten notes - the police would never be able to read them.’ Heel erg de moeite om het rond te tweeten: