The national data opt-out is a new service that allows patients to opt out of their confidential patient information being used for research and planning.
The national data opt-out was introduced on 25 May 2018, enabling individuals to opt-out from the use of their data for research or planning purposes, in line with the recommendations of the National Data Guardian in her Review of Data Security, Consent and Opt-Outs.
The NHS has launched the national data opt-out as part of the ‘Your Data Matters to the NHS’ campaign. This campaign informs the public that the strict rules about how health and care data can and cannot be used have been strengthened. The NHS is committed to keeping patient information safe and always being clear about how it is used. The campaign will also let the public know that they can choose whether their confidential patient information is used for research and planning. A new website nhs.uk/your-nhs-data-matters has been launched which allows the public to find out more about how their data is used across health and care and to opt out if you wish to do so.
Your information, what you need to know
This privacy notice explains why we collect information about you, how that information will be used, how we keep it safe and confidential and what your rights are in relation to this.
For more information, or if you wish to opt out, please visit: Your NHS data matters or alternatively you can call 0300 303 5678