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

Department Of Health

September 15
16:54 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.

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Published 17 April 2020
Last updated 15 September 2021 +show all updates
  1. Added an extra annex to Tested for coronavirus: privacy information about Direct LAMP testing within the Test and Trace Programme.

  2. Updated 'Antibody testing for coronavirus: privacy information'. If you receive a positive COVID-19 PCR test result, you can choose to take an antibody test. Also updated explanation of antibody testing and laboratory-based tests, data collected through antibody testing, and list of data processors.

  3. Updated 'Testing for coronavirus: privacy information' to reflect changes to self-isolation guidance.

  4. Updated 'Testing for coronavirus: privacy information' and 'Testing for coronavirus: privacy information quick read' to remove some data processors, to add security information on data processes, and to add information on international data transfer and on automated decision making.

  5. Updated information about calling 119 if you have difficulties accessing the online system.

  6. In Annex 7 of 'Testing for coronavirus: privacy information' and the 'quick read' version, added that close contacts of positive cases will use an identification number called a trace ID. The trace ID aids the ordering of a PCR test kit, which would be delivered directly to the close contact.

  7. Updated 'Testing for coronavirus: privacy information' and the 'quick read' version to remove that your data may be used to enable entry to a live event, and for subsequent research regarding the COVID-19 infection status of those who participated in the live event.

  8. Updated 'Testing for coronavirus: privacy information' and the 'quick read' version to reflect that your data may be used to enable entry to a live event, and for subsequent research regarding the COVID-19 infection status of those who participated in the live event.

  9. Updated 'Testing for coronavirus: privacy information quick read' and 'Testing for coronavirus: privacy information' to add information on care partners and visitors to 'Annex 1: care home testing'. Deleted laboratories (12, 14 and 15) from 'Annex 8: list of data processors' of 'Testing for coronavirus: privacy information' and Lab 13 relabelled Lab 12.

  10. Updates to self-testing and reporting, lateral flow testing and daily contact testing.

  11. Updated 'Testing for coronavirus: privacy information and the quick read version to reflect changes to data capturing to more effectively identify coronavirus test samples that should be sent for genomic sequencing.

  12. Updated 'Testing for coronavirus: privacy information' and the 'quick read' version to reflect changes in self-testing, international arrivals and additional data processors.

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