700,000 patient health records shared by HSCIC despite explicit written objections from every one of those people.
The body responsible for releasing NHS patient data to organisations including insurance companies has admitted information about patients has been shared against their wishes, it has emerged.
Requests by up to 700,000 patients for details from their records not to be passed on, registered during preparations for the creation of a giant medical database, have not been met.
But the Health and Social Care Information Centre (HSCIC) told MPs that it “does not currently have the resources or processes to handle such a significant level of objection” and it also encountered technical issues over logging the preferences.
The UK “Care Data” program is a sham and a shambles, and this contempt for patient privacy and safety - apparently because they couldn’t handle the massive number of objections from patients - underlines the need for individuals to have direct control over who can access their data, in all fields, not just the NHS. For example, see: My Health SAFE (Programmer/coder Questions)
Governments and corporations can not be trusted to protect our data from theft, abuse, or even to keep their word on how it will be handled.
Their servers are always going to be vulnerable, and centralising data this way makes them an irresistible, high value target. This was demonstrated yet again yesterday, as the US government revealed the theft of 4 million government employee personnel records, which included sensitive personal and security information, including security clearances back to 1980.