Coronavirus (COVID-19) Advice and Guidance
Personal data - Information Commissioner’s Office Advice:
Your personal information may not be your first thought when it comes to coronavirus, but if you’re worried, we’ve put together some information to help.
1. Government, the NHS and other organisations will make sure you get vital public health messages via phone, email or text. You don’t need to give them your consent.
2. You might be asked to give details about sensitive health conditions and recent travel that you think are excessive. Employers and organisations do have an obligation to protect their staff, so in some cases it can be reasonable for them to ask you if you’ve visited a particular country or if you have experienced coronavirus symptoms. But they shouldn’t be asking for more information than is necessary, and if you are concerned speak to the organisation involved.
3. If you become ill with coronavirus, your employer might need to tell your colleagues. But that doesn’t mean they need to give out your name.
4. If you’ve made a Freedom of Information request from a public body or made a subject access request (SAR) for your own information, you should expect delays in response. That’s because organisations are diverting their resources to help with other challenges.
Secretary of State for Health & Social Care notice:
The Secretary of State for Health & Social Care has given notice under Regulation 3(4) of the Health Service Control of Patient Information Regulations 2002 that the Council is required to process and share necessary health and social care data for the following purposes:
· Understanding Covid-19 and risks to public health, trends in Covid-19 and such risks, and controlling and preventing the spread of Covid-19 and such risks;
· Identifying and understanding information about patients or potential patients with or at risk of Covid-19, information about incidents of patient exposure to Covid-19 and the management of patients with or at risk of Covid-19 including: locating, contacting, screening, flagging and monitoring such patients and collecting information about and providing services in relation to testing, diagnosis, self-isolation, fitness to work, treatment, medical and social interventions and recovery from Covid-19;
· Understanding information about patient access to health services and adult social care services and the need for wider care of patients and vulnerable groups as a direct or indirect result of Covid-19 and the availability and capacity of those services or that care;
· Monitoring and managing the response to Covid-19 by health and social care bodies and the Government including providing information to the public about Covid-19 and its effectiveness and information about capacity, medicines, equipment, supplies, services and the workforce within the health services and adult social care services;
· Delivering services to patients, clinicians, the health services and adult social care services workforce and the public about and in connection with Covid-19, including the provision of information, fit notes and the provision of health care and adult social care services; and
· Research and planning in relation to Covid-19
The GDPR provides the following rights to individuals.
Right to be Informed
You have the right to be informed about the collection and use of your personal data. This is a key transparency requirement under the GDPR. Rutland County Council provides this information through it's Privacy Notices.
Right of Access
You have the right to access your personal data that we hold. This is commonly referred to as a Subject Access Request. Guidance on Subject Access Requests and a form to request your details are provided through the link below:
Right to Erasure
The GDPR introduces a right for you to have your personal data erased under certain circumstances. This is also known as the right to be forgotten, more information and a request form can be accessed through the link below:
Right to Restrict Processing
You have the right to request the restriction or suppression of any personal data we hold about you. This only applies in certain circumstances and means that we are able to continue to store the information but cannot process it, it any other way.
Right to Data Portability
You have the right under the General Data Protection Regulations to ask for your personal information to be given back to you or another service provider of your choice in a commonly used format. This is called data portability. For information on when this right can be applied and a request form, use the link below:
Right to Object
You have the right to object to the processing of your data. For information on when this right can be applied and a request form, use the link below:
Right to Rectification
You have the right to have inaccurate data rectified, or completed if it is incomplete.For information on when this right can be applied and a request form, use the link below: