data privacy

NHS data sharing scheme “on hold” as millions opt out

The NHS’ much-vaunted GP data-sharing initiative looks to be on a prolonged hiatus, with at least one report suggesting it has been hit by 1.2 million people choosing to opt out of the scheme in the space of two months. The General Practice Data for Planning and Research (GPDPR) is now on hold “with no …

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Privacy issues widespread with digital health apps, says BMJ

Developers of mobile health apps are comprehensively failing to safeguard the privacy of users, according to a study by researchers in Australia. The team from Macquarie University compared 15,000 free mobile health (mHealth) apps available on the Google Play store and compared their privacy practices to those found in 8,000 non-health apps, finding “serious problems …

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NHS patient data upload delayed by two months, says UK

The UK’s decision to set back the start date of a new patient data-sharing scheme by two months has been welcomed by privacy campaigners, who have claimed it was being rushed through without sufficient public scrutiny. The centralised database of medical records from 55 million people was due to come online on 1 July, but …

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Campaigners challenge NHS England’s latest plan to share patient data

Remember the Care.data debacle? Now, a new move by NHS England to move the records of 55 million patients into a database that will be accessible by third-party companies is under fire by privacy campaigners, who claim it could be unlawful.  The new General Practice Data for Planning and Research (GPDPR) service was unveiled earlier …

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Apple, Google block NHS contact tracing app update on privacy grounds

A scheduled update to the NHS COVID-19 app has been blocked because it allows location tracking – something prohibited by Apple and Google, which developed some of the code it uses.  The new version of the app used in England and Wales was due to become available today to coincide with the relaxation of lockdown …

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COVID-19 is Bringing Data Privacy into the Spotlight – This is How Healthcare Companies Should Respond

By DAN LINTON Privacy concerns across the country continue to increase, and consumers expect their healthcare information to be private. Headline-making data sales, skepticism of Silicon Valley privacy practices, and COVID-19 contact tracing concerns compounded with a general lack of consumer awareness have continued to generate an ongoing storm ofnegative press and political scrutiny. With COVID-19 continuing to rampage …

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Brits more comfortable sharing data with pharma since COVID-19 – survey

New research from MHP Health and ComRes looks at what impacts COVID-19 has had on the public’s health data sharing concerns, and asks how the industry can maintain confidence in data usage after the pandemic. In April, at the beginning of the COVID crisis, the Health Secretary Matt Hancock issued a six-month order for the …

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