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Threat to privacy

01 Nov 2006 - LP

The Guardian writes on its front page on how personal medical records are to be uploaded regardless of patients' wishes to a central national database which can be accessed by a huge number of NHS staff and from where the information can be made available to police and security services There is also a lack of safeguards once a patient's data is saved to the system.

This is an explicit move towards a more controlling state that secretly collects people's medical records to use for an unclear puropse. It is said that it would be for the protection of national security and in instances of serious crime. However, the purposes given will allow leeway for accessing confidential medical information at the touch of a button. 

Topics: Health

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