Confidentiality - Human Rights Act
How does the Human Rights Act protect my personal information?
The Human Rights Act 1998 protects your rights in line with the European Convention on Human Rights. Government organisations, like the NHS, should not breach these rights.
Article 8 of the convention says that you have the right to respect for your ‘private and family life’. If your doctor shares your personal information with other people without your consent, this could breach this right.
You can find more information about human rights from the Equality and Human Rights Commission website or the Equality Advisory and Support Service helpline. These contact details are in here.
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