We may share your personal information with other organisations to support national and local action to control and prevent the spread of coronavirus.
If we do share your personal information, we only do so where the law allows and we only share the minimum necessary amount of information.
With NHS Digital
NHS Digital provides information and technology services to the health and care system. It has been directed by the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care and NHS England to collect and analyse data relating to COVID-19 and develop and operate IT systems to deliver services to respond to COVID-19. We share the personal information we collect on coronavirus test results and hospital admissions for COVID-19 with NHS Digital. We also receive back from NHS Digital any information we need that is missing from these results, such as your ethnic group or telephone number.
You can find privacy information on the data NHS Digital collects and uses to support the government’s response to coronavirus.
With NHS Test and Trace
NHS Test and Trace forms a central part of the government’s coronavirus (COVID-19) recovery strategy. It aims to ensure that anyone who develops symptoms of coronavirus can be tested quickly, and helps trace the close recent contacts of anyone who tests positive to notify them that they must self-isolate to help stop the spread of the virus.
The Department of Health and Social Care has published an overview of how NHS Test and Trace works.
The NHS Test and Trace Privacy Notice can be found here: https://contact-tracing.phe.gov.uk/help/privacy-notice
With our data processors
We may share your personal information with organisations we have contracted to help us respond to coronavirus, including IT Service providers such as Microsoft.
These organisations are known as data processors and are acting on our instructions. They are not allowed to use your personal information for any purposes other than those specified by us, they are not allowed to keep your information once their work for us has ended, and they must comply with strict data security and protection requirements when processing your information on our behalf.
With the police and the Home Office
We may share your personal information with the police to help them investigate reports of people who may be breaking the self-isolation requirement. The police may in turn share this information with the Crown Prosecution Service to decide if enforcement action is appropriate.
Other sharing of your information
We may share your information in other ways to help control and prevent the spread of coronavirus. This will only occur where there is a lawful basis for doing so.