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Health Information Law Newsletter - February 2014

Published 7 March 2014

Welcome to our Inaugural Newsletter!

We are pleased to introduce our inaugural issue of the Health Info Law Newsletter. This is a monthly review of information law updates and industry related news specific to the health sector which we hope will become a valuable resource for your organisation.

This has been produced for you by our specialist Health Information Law team who understand the increasingly challenging and rapidly evolving environment you work in and recognise the broad spectrum of legal and governance issues you face.

Should you have anything in particular which you would like us to include in future editions or would like further information, please contact a member of our team. In the meantime, keep a look out for our next issue in April!

Data Protection and Confidentiality

Click the below headings to read more on each of the developments:

  • Information Commissioner's Office ("ICO") publishes outcomes from visits to General Practitioners and Primary Healthcare Providers.
  • The Medical Research Council has made an investment of £32 million to improve security of data research projects.
  • Anniversary of the publication of the Francis Report.
  • Court of Appeal rules that a person's name is personal data.
  • Christopher Graham reappointed as ICO ahead of 2014 ICO Data Practitioner’s Conference on 3rd March.
  • ICO publishes privacy impact assessment code of practice.
  • February ICO fines issued.
  • February ICO undertakings issued.

Freedom of Information Act and Environmental Information Regulations

Click the below heading to read more on each of the developments:

  • Transport Minister exercises executive override in respect of an ICO Decision Notice under section 53 of the Freedom of Information Act 2000 and regulation 18(6) of the Environmental Information Regulations 2004.

Health and Social Care Integration

Click the below heading to read more on each of the developments:

  • Health and Social Care Information Centre ("HSCIC") publishes strategy for 2014/2015.
  • HSCIC set up group in response to Caldicott2.
  • HSCIC respond to concerns about project by postponing launch until Autumn 2014 to extend the public awareness campaign.
  • HSCIC respond to reports of the sale of patient records to insurance companies.

EU Data Protection Regulation Developments

Click the below heading to read more on each of the developments:

  • Various health organisations have raised concerns that Articles 81 and 83 of the Draft Regulation will have a negative impact on medical research.
  • Greek Presidency issues four notes on EU Data Protection Regulation.
  • LIBE Committee report recommends the immediate suspension of the EU-US Safe Harbor framework.
  • Greek Presidency issues progress report.
  • New Chair and Vice Chairs of the Art. 29 Working Committee appointed.


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