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

Department Of Health

February 5
16:39 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 5 February 2021 +show all updates
  1. Updated 'Testing for coronavirus: privacy information quick read' and 'Testing for coronavirus: privacy information' to reflect changes to police and isolation and self-testing and reporting. Added new laboratories (13 to 15) to 'Annex 6: list of data processors' of 'Testing for coronavirus: privacy information'.

  2. In 'Testing for coronavirus: privacy information', added Office of National Statistics (ONS) to the list of data processors.

  3. In 'Testing for coronavirus: privacy information quick read' and 'Testing for coronavirus: privacy information', under 'What personal data we collect', added: 'recent travel history (for example, whether you travelled overseas in the last 14 days and the country you spent most time in)'. Added new laboratories (5 to 12) and Royal Mail to 'Annex 6: list of data processors' of 'Testing for coronavirus: privacy information'.

  4. 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.

  5. 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'.

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

  7. 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.

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

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

  10. 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.

  11. 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.

  12. Updated both the 'Testing for coronavirus: privacy information quick read' and the 'Testing for coronavirus: privacy information' to reflect self-isolatio

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