Confidentiality - Data

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  • Confidentiality
    • Data Protection Act 1998 (DPA)
      • Gives us the right to say about how information about us is used and shared
      • Data can take the form of:
        • Photos
        • Written notes
        • Accounts of personal interactions
      • A law designed to protect personal data stored on computers or in a paper filing system
      • Created to protect individuals from misuse of this data
    • Service users and the DPA
      • Essential that users are able to feel that their information is confidential
      • Information should only ever be shared on a need-to-know basis with other staff members
    • Sensitive data
      • Ethnic background
      • Political opinions
      • Religious beliefs
      • Health (HIV status)
      • Sexual health
      • Criminal records
    • 8 principles of the DPA
      • Fair and lawful
      • Specific for purpose
      • Be adequate and only for what is needed
      • Accurate and up to date
      • Kept no longer than needed
      • Taking into account people's rights
      • Kept safe and secure
      • Not transferred to countries with poor data protection record


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