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Guidance: Coronavirus (COVID-19) testing: privacy information

Department Of Health

January 11
15:00 2021

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Sets out how an individuals personal data is collected and used when participating in the testing programme, as well as further information about the programme itself.

Go to coronavirus (COVID-19): getting tested for guidance on how to get a test.

Published 17 April 2020
Last updated 11 January 2021 +show all updates
  1. Updated 'Testing for coronavirus: privacy information quick read' and 'Testing for coronavirus: privacy information' to reflect that we collect data on your NHS login account identifier if you access our services using your NHS login details.

  2. Updated 'Testing for coronavirus: privacy information quick read' and 'Testing for coronavirus: privacy information'. In both documents, under 'What personal data we collect', added: 'vaccination status'; under 'Purposes your data will be used for', added: 'sharing your vaccination status with Public Health England (if you live in England) to understand the effectiveness of COVID-19 vaccines, including their effectiveness against different strains of the COVID-19 virus, and, where appropriate, to ask you to do a repeat test and/or an antibody test'.

  3. Updated 'Testing for coronavirus: privacy information quick read' and 'Testing for coronavirus: privacy information' to clarify the data registered when self-reporting.

  4. Updated 'Testing for coronavirus: privacy information quick read' and 'Testing for coronavirus: privacy information' to reflect the addition of the international arrivals Test to Release scheme.

  5. Updated 'Testing for coronavirus: privacy information' and its quick read version to reflect the additions of cohort pooling and lateral flow testing methods.

  6. Updated 'Testing for coronavirus: privacy information quick read' and 'Testing for coronavirus: privacy information' to include information on the process of self-reporting.

  7. Updated 'Testing for coronavirus: privacy information quick read' and 'Testing for coronavirus: privacy information' to clarify how data may be used to participate in health research if you live in England and Wales.

  8. Updates to the documents 'Testing for coronavirus: privacy information' and 'Testing for coronavirus: privacy information quick read' to reflect changes to the contact process of research organisations and to mirror updates to the wider testing programme.

  9. Updated both the 'Testing for coronavirus: privacy information quick read' and the 'Testing for coronavirus: privacy information' to reflect self-isolation dates not test results are shared with police forces.

  10. Updated 'Antibody testing for coronavirus: privacy information'. Added link to check if you're eligible for an antibody test.

  11. Changed the formatting of the bulletpoint list under data controllers and data processors on 'Testing for coronavirus: privacy information'. PHE, local authorities and police forces were incorrectly listed as sub-bullets of NHS Digital.Updates to the 2 documents: Testing for coronavirus: privacy information and Testing for coronavirus: privacy information quick read. In both documents telling your employer if you test positive for COVID-19 has changed from 'we strongly recommend you tell your employer' to 'you must tell your employer'.

  12. Updates to the the following documents to bring them in line with the current testing programme: Testing for coronavirus: privacy informatio

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