Your NHS data is completely anonymous – until it isn’t

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‘Can we trust the reassurances from the NHS on how they will treat our data?’

That is the question posed by The School of Computing’s Dr Eerke Boiten in his latest article for ‘The Conversation’, about the new care.data database, which will upload patients’ data from UK medical practices to a central database.

Eerke states; ‘Contradictory information is being circulated about just who will get access to your health data through the project. And whatever the current situation actually is, there is a sense that later legislation or privatisation may change it all anyway. But what the NHS means by anonymisation is possibly the biggest question of all in this debate.’

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The full article can be read  on The Conversation website

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