Media coverage

A selection of press and online articles, radio and TV items about the privacy of NHS records.


July 2022

Next update on Federated Data Platform expected in autumn – Digital Health, 28 July 2022

UK government refuses public review before launch of NHS data platform – The Register, 20 July 2022

Privacy in the age of digital medicine – Politico, 18 July 2022

June 2022

Palantir shares could soar if it’s awarded NHS contract – IG, 15 June 2022

Concerns that £360m data platform for NHS England is being set up to fail – The Register, 13 June 2022

May 2022

NHS Trusts advised to cut ties with clinical data platform Sensyne Health – Tech Monitor, 27th May 2022

Too Much AI May Not Be Good for Your Health or the NHS – Washington Post, 12th May 2022

Hundreds of organisations breached patient data rules, reveals BMJ – The Guardian, 11th May 2022

Hundreds of patient data breaches are left unpunished, reveals The BMJ – Medical Xpress, 11th May 2022

Hundreds of patient data breaches are left unpunished – British Medical Journal, 11 May 2022

Radical plans to transform NHS drawn up at drug firms and No 10 roundtable – The Guardian, 4th May 2022

April 2022

When is your data anonymous? – Digital Health, 26th April 2022

Government could become data controller for patient record copies – Pulse, 8th April 2022

March 2022

Plans to record mothers’ drinking habits on baby health records scrapped – The Independent, 16th March 2022

Doing Away With NHS Digital: Why it Matters – British Medical Journal, 2nd March 2022

February 2022

Mental health helpline funded by royals shared users’ conversations – The Guardian, 19th February 2022

January 2022

COVID-19: Technology developed to track spread of coronavirus could be abused, privacy campaigner warns – Sky news, 16th Jan 2022


December 2021

2021 Review: The Government’s failed data grab – Pulse, 31st Dec 2021

October 2021

Thousands in York opt-out of sharing NHS records for ‘vital’ research – York Press, 15th Oct 2021

Sharing medical records with researchers: Assumed consent works in theory – just not yet in practice – The Register, 14th Oct 2021

Fears new crime Bill will force GPs to hand more confidential patient data to police – Pulse, 13th Oct 2021

Thousands in Preston block bid to share medical records – Lancashire Post, 13th Oct 2021

Patients must know how their health records are used – and approve any sharing for research – The Register, 12th Oct 2021

National Data Guardian calls for ‘commitment to transparency’ – Digital Health, 12th Oct 2021

UK government could face legal action over huge, secretive health database – Open Democracy, 11th Oct 2021

Plans to hand over NHS data to police sparks warning from government adviser – The Independent, 11th Oct 2021

Concerns raised over confidentiality and transparency in government data innovation – Computer Weekly, 5th Oct 2021

September 2021

‘Alexa, analyse my bowel movement’: Will every home soon have a smart toilet? – Irish Times, 29th Sept 2021

The smart toilet era is here! Are you ready to share your analprint with big tech? – The Guardian, 23rd Sept 2021

NHS App ‘storing facial recognition data with private tech company’ – Digital Health, 22nd Sept 2021

What the Tories want to do with our health data, and why we need to stop them – Open Democracy, 22nd Sept 2021

Patient trust in primary care data share – Practice Business, 17th Sept 2021

De-identify, re-identify: Anonymised data’s dirty little secret – The Register, 16th Sep 2021

August 2021

NHS data grab on hold as millions opt out – The Observer, 22nd August 2021

UK’s National Data Guardian warned about GP data grab being perceived as going ‘under the radar’ – The Register, 19th August 2021

July 2021

The miscommunication of GPDPR: incompetence or evasion of public scrutiny? – Tech Monitor, 30th July 2021

Ex-health secretary said ‘vast majority’ were ‘onside’ with GP data grab. Consumer champion Which? reckons 20 million don’t even know what it is – The Register, 29th July 2021

Almost half unaware of GP data-sharing plans – Computer Weekly, 29 July 2021

NHS health data sharing: what you need to know about your medical data and GPDPR – Which, 29th July 2021

NHS plan to share GP patient data postponed – but will new measures address concerns? – The Conversation, 27th July 2021

Government postpones GPGDPR – again – Computing, 21st July 2021

I was threatened with breach of contract during – this is worse – Pulse, 21st July 2021

Snail mail would be a fool-proof way to inform patients about plans to slurp GP data, but UK govt won’t commit – The Register, 21st July 2021

NHS Digital tightens rules for GPDPR data scrape – Computer Weekly, 20th July 2021

Minister sets new criteria for collection of GP patient data – UK Authority, 20th July 2021

GPs must be ‘fully engaged’ with patient data-extraction scheme, says data guardian – Pulse, 20th July 2021

England’s controversial extraction of personal medical histories from GP systems is delayed for a second time – The Register, 20th July 2021

Patient trust in primary care data share – Practice Business, 12th July 2021

Thousands of patients hit by NHS data breaches – The Independent, 3rd July 2021

Your top 12 questions on England’s GP data grab – answered – Open Democracy, 2nd July 2021

Big Brother’s big data grab: GPs caught up in patient records controversy – Pulse, 2nd July 2021

June 2021

UK trade department courted US firm Palantir over ‘untapped’ NHS data potential – Politico, 29 June 2021

Rationale of GPDPR is there but trust issues need to be addressed – Digital Health, 29th June 2021

Backbench Tory campaigner promises judicial review of data grab of English GP patients unless UK government changes tack – The Register, 25th June 2021

BMA warns NHS Digital’s own confidentiality guardian could halt English GP data grab unless communication with public improves – The Register, 25th June 2021

NHS data strategy: Hancock defends data sharing plan – Practice Business, 24th June 2021

UK health secretary Matt Hancock follows delay to GP data grab with campaign called ‘Data saves lives’ – The Register, 22nd June 2021

Matt Hancock says ‘data saves lives’ and dismisses idea of sending letters to patients to tell them how they can opt out of controversial NHS data-sharing plan because ‘hardly anyone writes to you these days’ – Daily Mail, 22nd June 2021

NHS Digital gave GPDPR opt-out deadline ‘in error’; says GPs must set own dates – Pulse, 22nd June 2021

Data strategy: Put NHS patients ‘ahead of demands for profit’ – Digital Health, 22nd June 2021

GP data sharing: What is it and can I opt out? – BBC News, 22nd June 2021

Parents trying to opt children out of NHS Digital ‘data grab’ scheme complain after emails bounce back – i, 22nd June 2021

Matt Hancock defends plan to force NHS trusts to share patient records – Daily Mirror, 22nd June 2021

Government’s new NHS data plans welcomed by open source advocates, shunned by privacy experts – Computing, 22nd June 2021

UK gov’t defends NHS data sharing plans in strategy document – PharmaPhorum, 22nd June 2021

NHS Digital CEO says organisation needs to ‘face GPDPR challenge’ – Digital Health, 21st June 2021

NHS plans to centralise patient medical data cause privacy concerns – Law Gazette, 17th June 2021

UK government plans to collect and share NHS data are hugely concerning – here’s why – The Conversation, 15th June 2021

Information commissioner welcomes NHS data plan delay – Research Live, 15th June 2021

Patients to be given until 25 August to opt out of GP data extraction – Pulse, 14th June 2021

GPs will need to risk assess mass patient data extraction, says ICO – Pulse, 11th June 2021

Access to GPs’ patient data key to new treatments, researchers say – The Guardian, 10th June 2021

York GP welcomes delay to controversial patient records plan – York Press, 10th June 2021

‘Vast majority of people’ are onside with a data grab they know next to nothing about, reckons UK health secretary – The Register, 9th June 2021

Hancock asks former RCGP chair to help on derailed GP data project – Pulse, 9th June 2021

NHS data grab delayed by three months – Healthcare IT news, 9th June 2021

Bolton MP speaks out against sharing people’s NHS data – Bolton News, 8th June 2021

Pause in GP data sharing scheme must be used to ‘properly communicate’ with patients and clinicians, says RCGP – On Medica, 8th June 2021

Update: Government to delay controversial NHS data sharing plan – Computing, 8th June 2021

GP Data for Planning and Research implementation date moved to Sept – Digital Health, 8th June 2021

RCGP calls for immediate delay to patient data proposals – Practice Business, 8th June 2021

NHS patient data plans: Delay until September amid ‘confusion’ – York Press, 8th June 2021

Did We Learn Nothing from the Last NHS Health Data Grab? – Byline Times, 7th June 2021

BMA and RCGP issue joint letter to NHS Digital over GPDPR programme – Digital Health, 7th June 2021

Your NHS data set to be shared as opt-out deadline looms – The Voice, 7th June 2021

So who will have access to YOUR medical records? Within weeks, unless you opt out, the NHS will share your most private health details with outside companies. Researchers say it’s vital, but critics argue it’s a cynical data grab – Daily Mail, 7th June 2021

Doctors urge delay to England GP data scrape – BBC, 7th June 2021

UK’s Labour Party calls for delay to NHS Digital’s GP data slurp until patients can be properly informed – The Register, 7th June 2021

NHS Digital’s GP data-scraping plan must be publicised and delayed – Computer Weekly, 7th June 2021

The NHS data grab: why we should be concerned about plans for GPs’ records – Guardian Letters, 7th June 2021

NHS data opt-out: Can you still opt-out if you miss the deadline? – Daily Express, 7th June 2021

Plan for NHS to collect patient data from GPs should be delayed over privacy fears, says Labour – Sky News, 6th June 2021

The NHS thinks you should allow it to share your medical records next month, here’s why – Daily Express, 6th June 2021

The Tories have worked out how to pull off an NHS data grab: do it during a pandemic – The Guardian, 5th June 2021

Patient trust in plans to share primary care data – BMJ, 4th June 2021

What’s happening with your NHS data? – FullFact, 4th June 2021

Legal threat sharpens over UK government plans to harvest patient data from GPs – Open Democracy, 4th June 2021

NHS Digital is set to share patient’s medical records on new database – Southern Daily Echo, 4th June 2021

GPs are fighting NHS plans to share your medical records with private companies next month – Daily Express, 4th June 2021

No, the NHS isn’t selling your data – so what is this opt out all about? – Daily Express, 4th June 2021

NHS national data opt-out does NOT have September deadline – when do you have to opt out? – Daily Express, 4th June 2021

Doctors threaten legal action to halt ‘unlawful’ mass GP data extraction – Pulse, 4th June 2021

Calls to pause new GP data collection service gather speed – Digital Health, 4th June 2021

BCS: Lack of communication over NHS GPDPR ‘astonishing’ – Computer Weekly, 4th June 2021

Patient data transfer still set to start in July – BBC, 4th June 2021

Campaigners threaten legal action over ‘sneaky’ NHS data sharing plans – Metro, 4th June 2021

Your medical records are about to be given away. As GPs, we’re fighting back – The Guardian, 3rd June 2021

The Government’s Grab of GP Records Violates Our Trust – Byline Times, 2nd June 2021

GPs urged to refuse to hand over patient details to NHS Digital – The Guardian, 1st June 2021

How GP data is saving lives – Digital Health, 1st June 2021

Informing public of impending patient data extraction ‘must not be left to busy GPs’, RCGP warns – Pulse, 1st June 2021

May 2021

GPs warn over plans to share patient data with third parties in England – The Guardian, 30th May 2021

The NHS will allow businesses full access to your health data – Socialist Worker, 29th May 2021

Privacy experts concerned over NHS data collection plans – Computer Weekly, 28th May 2021

Matt Hancock has quietly told your GP to hand over your health data. Why? – Open Democracy, 28th May 2021

NHS England’s plans for use of our personal data leaves me very worried – The Independent, 28th May 2021

New data collection service could ‘destroy’ patient trust – Digital Health, 27th May 2021

You have until June 23 to stop the NHS sharing your medical records with outside third parties – Metro, 27th May 2021

Campaigners challenge NHS England’s latest plan to share patient data – PharmaPhorum, 26th May 2021

“Right, Listen, if you live in England, you’ve now got less than a month to opt out if you don’t want your medical records to be shared with external companies” – BBC Radio 5 live segment, 24th May 2021

Conflicting messaging overshadows NHS Digital’s attempts to inform public about patient data slurp – The Register, 24 May 2021

New GP data extraction ‘far exceeds’ plans, warn privacy campaigners – Pulse, 24 May 2021

Mammoth grab of GP patient data in the UK set to benefit private-sector market access as rules remain unchanged – The Register, 17th May 2021

New primary care data collection service announced by NHS Digital – Practice Business, 14th May 2021

NHS Digital replaces system for collection of GP data – Computer Weekly, 12th May 2021

NHS Digital announces new primary care data collection service – digitalhealth, 12th May 2021

NHS Digital creates new extraction service for GP data – UKAuthority, 12th May 2021

NHS Digital revising Covid vaccine booking site after ‘users info leaked’ – digitalhealth, 6th May 2021

April 2021

Cross-party group of 70 MPs warn against ‘divisive and discriminatory’ domestic vaccine passports – Independent, 2nd April 2021

January 2021

Supporting the greater use of data sharing across healthcare – Digital Health, 19th January 2021

NHS Contract With US Tech Firm May Be ‘Massive Breach’ of Data Protection Law, Says medConfidential – Sputnik International, 11th January 2021


August 2020

‘The Worst Possible Outcome’ – Tech Privacy Experts on the Problem with NHS Test and Trace – Vice Motherboard, 13th August 2020

July 2020

NHS contact-tracing app Ethics Board scrapped – Daily Telegraph, 23rd July 2020

Coronavirus: The inside story of how government failed to develop a contact-tracing app – Sky News, 21st July 2020

Government admits breaking privacy law with NHS test and trace – The Guardian, 20th July 2020

Coronavirus: England’s test and trace programme ‘breaks GDPR data law’ – BBC, 20th July 2020

Test and Trace programme unlawful, admits government – Computer Weekly, 20th July 2020

June 2020

‘No surprises’ proposed as new Caldicott Principle – UK Authority, 26th June 2020

NHS data watchdog calls for ‘no surprises’ rule in use of patient info – Public Technology, 25th June 2020

The NHS app has been abandoned but no app is necessary to trace government ineptitude – New Statesman, 24th June 2020

How coronavirus reshaped the NHS – Wired, 23rd June 2020

NHS Says Apple-Google Contact Tracing Tech ‘Inaccurate’ –, 22nd June 2020

Coronavirus: What went wrong with the UK’s contact tracing app? – BBC, 20th June 2020

Fresh concerns over privacy and profit in NHS COVID data deals – Open Democracy, 19th June 2020

CDEI’s “independent” AI report for UK government slammed for corporate focus – New Statesman, 19th June 2020

Piloted in May, ditched in June: the failure of England’s Covid-19 app – The Guardian, 18th June 2020

Coronavirus: Ministers consider NHS contact-tracing app rethink – BBC, 11th June 2020

Babylon Health data breach: GP app users able to see other people’s consultations – The Guardian, 10th June 2020

Babylon Health admits GP app suffered a data breach – BBC, 9 June 2020

NHS Test and Trace Grows Hungrier for COVID-19 Patient Data – CPO magazine, 8th June 2020

NHS Covid-19 datastore contracts published under pressure from privacy groups – Computer Weekly, 5 June 2020

NHS Tracing App: We Shouldn’t Have to Sacrifice Our Privacy to Get Back to Normal – Gizmodo, 5th June 2020

Why Contact Tracing Apps Will Be The Biggest Test Yet Of Data Privacy Versus Public Safety – Forbes magazine, 1st June 2020

NHS Test and Trace Program Set for Legal Challenge Over Its Use of People’s Data – Gizmodo, 1st June 2020

May 2020

Coronavirus: researchers no longer need consent to access your medical records – The Conversation, 31st May 2020

Privacy group prepares legal challenge to NHS test-and-trace scheme – The Guardian, 31st May 2020

NHS will keep personal data of people with coronavirus for 20 years – Guardian, 28th May 2020

NHS test and trace privacy doc throws doubt on app’s “anonymity” claims – New Statesman, 28th May 2020

Public Health England will keep personal data of people with coronavirus for 20 years – The Guardian, 28th May 2020

Government Silent On Involving Credit Firm in COVID-19 Testing – Byline times, 22 May 2020

Government says no to new privacy legislation for NHSX contact tracing app – New Statesman, 22nd May 2020

‘Failed mishmash’ of privacy protections insufficient for NHS app users – Engineering & Technology, 20th May 2020

Open letter from digital rights groups to UK health secretary questions big tech’s role in NHS COVID-19 data store – The Register, 19th May 2020

Digital activists sound the alarm over UK’s ‘coronavirus datastore’ plans – ITPro, 18th May 2020

The privacy risks of the NHSX tracing app are both less and more serious than you think – New Statesman, 15th May 2020

Balancing the Two – GenomeWeb, 14th May 2020

NHS contact-tracing app ethics board kept in the dark over trial – Daily Telegraph, 11th May 2020

US surveillance company’s involvement with NHS is ‘crossing a red line’, warns civil liberties group – The Canary, 7th May 2020

Data from NHS contact-tracing app ‘to be kept for research purposes’ – Digital Health, 7th May 2020

Public urged to download NHS coronavirus tracing app amid questions over privacy and security safeguards – Independent, 4th May 2020

NHS coronavirus contact tracing app will ask users for personal details despite concerns about patients’ privacy – Daily Mail, 2nd May 2020

GCHQ Granted Access to NHS Data as Privacy Concerns Increase – Info Security, 1st May 2020

April 2020

Privacy International puts Palantir in the dock for NHS data analysis work – Computer Weekly, 29th April 2020

UK infosec experts flag concern over NHSX contact tracing app – New Statesman, 29th April 2020

NHSX sets up ethics advisory board to oversee contact-tracing app – Digital Health, 27th April 2020

Contact-tracing apps could ‘catastrophically’ hamper trust, academics warn – Digital Health, 23rd April 2020

‘Absence of evidence’ for Covid-19 contact-tracing apps, review finds – Digital Health, 22nd April 2020

NHSX must be ‘upfront’ about contact-tracing app, privacy group says – Digital Health, 20th April 2020

NHS coronavirus app: memo discussed giving ministers power to ‘de-anonymise’ users – The Guardian, 13th April 2020

UK government using confidential patient data in coronavirus response – The Guardian, 12th April 2020

How will the NHS Covid-19 contact-tracing app work and when will it go live? – New Statesman, 2nd April 2020

Doctors Turn To ‘80s Tech’ In Coronavirus Battle, Despite Tech Giant Claims And ‘Shiny’ New Toys – Forbes, 2nd April 2020

March 2020

Covid-19, the UK’s Coronavirus Act and emergency ‘remote’ court hearings: what does it mean for open justice? – The Justice Gap, 30th March 2020

Privacy concerns raised by COVID-19 symptom checking app – Techworld, 27th March 2020

‘Important’ patient data sharing deadline delayed due to covid-19 – Health Service Journal, 23rd March 2020

UK coronavirus app ‘must respect privacy rights’ – BBC, 23rd March 2020

UK government may trace COVID-19 patients using mobile phone data – ITPro, 20th March 2020

NHS Digital to be handed more powers to help counter Covid-19 spread – Digital Health, 18th March 2020

All bets off as children’s data is leaked – ITPro, 10th March 2020 is not sharing Brits’ medical data among different agencies… but it’s having a jolly good think about it – The Register, 9th March 2020

February 2020

This was meant to be the year the NHS went digital. What happened? – Wired, 27th February 2020

‘Your Medical History is Being Fed to an AI Without Your Consent’, Interview with Phil Booth – Techround, 26th Feb 2020

Exclusive: NHS at risk of sharing patient data unlawfully – Health Service Journal, 18th Feb 2020

UK Government sells millions of NHS patients’ medical data to US drugs giants after wrongly stating it would be ‘anonymous’, experts claim – The Daily Mail, 9th February 2020

Revealed: how drugs giants can access your health records – The Observer, 8th Feb 2020

Will having longer, healthier lives be worth losing the most basic kinds of privacy? – The Guardian, 3rd Feb 2020

Health data is something that must be utilised, not demonised – Politics Home, 3rd February 2020

Can big tech be trusted with your health? – The Daily Telegraph, 2nd Feb 2020

January 2020

NHS bosses handing over patient data to Telefonica in moneyspinner for phone company – The Mirror, 25th Jan 2020

Google says it can save lives, but would you trust it with your health data? – Financial Post, 24 January 2020

Can we ever trust Google with our health data? – Financial Times, 20th Jan 2020


December 2019

NHS ‘risks repeat of in talks to commercialise medical records’ – Digital Health, 19 December 2019

Everyone should be worried by big tech’s huge NHS data grab – Wired, 16th December 2019

Revealed: NHS England bosses meet with tech and pharmaceutical giants to discuss price list of millions of Brits’ medical data – The Register, 12th December 2019

Privacy organisations raise concerns about Amazon’s use of NHS data – Healthcare IT News, 10th December 2019

Privacy International questions usage of NHS data by Amazon’s Alexa – Government Computing, 10th December 2019

Worldwide, perpetual, irrevocable and royalty-free: Amazon’s Alexa NHS contract released – The Register, 9th December 2019

GP patient data ‘sold to US pharma firms’ by Government service – Pulse, 9th December 2019

NHS data is a goldmine. It must be saved from big tech – The Guardian, 9th December 2019

Privacy group attacks NHS-Amazon deal – UKAUthority, 9th December 2019

‘Alexa, what is transparency?’ Government criticised for hiding details of Amazon data deal – Sky News, 9th December 2019

The Guardian view on Boris Johnson’s NHS plan: trading patient data – The Guardian, 8th December 2019

Conservative government giving NHS data to Amazon for free, documents reveal – The Independent, 8th December 2019

Patient data from GP surgeries sold to US companies – The Observer, 7th December 2019

DeepMind founder behind NHS data slurp to be beamed up to Google mothership – The Register, 6th December 2019

The US-UK trade deal could see corporations profit from NHS patient information – The Canary, 3rd December 2019

November 2019

NHS staff ‘uncomfortable with tech giants handling patient data’ – Digital Health, 26th November 2019

Transparency concerns over secret government data projects – The Bureau of Investigative Journalism, 14th November 2019

ICO concerned by mass health data-sharing with advertisers – IT Pro, 13th November 2019

Google: You can trust us with the medical data you didn’t know we already had – Ars Technica, 12th November 2018

October 2019

Alexa, where are the legal limits on what Amazon can do with my health data? – TechCrunch, 24th October 2019

Google has used contract swaps to get bulk access terms to NHS patient data – TechCrunch, 22nd October 2019

Google gets green light to access FIVE YEARS’ worth of sensitive patient data from NHS, sparking privacy fears – Daily Mail, 18 Oct 2019

Google gets green light to access five years of NHS patient data – New Scientist, 17th October 2019

Why We Should Be Concerned By How Our Government Collects Our Data – Huffington Post, 7th October 2019

Lewisham and Greenwich NHS trust criticised after sharing data with credit reference company – South London Press, 4th October 2019

September 2019

Revealed: Mass use of credit check firm to find NHS patients to charge – HSJ, 30 Sept 2019

Google is taking over DeepMind’s NHS contracts – should we be worried? – New Scientist, 27 Sept 2019

Five NHS trusts do DeepMind data deal with Google. One says no – The Register, 19 Sept 2019

NHS trusts give Google green light to process confidential patient data – The i, 18 Sept 2019

NHSX emphasises need for ethical patient data access – Computer Weekly, 16 Sept 2019

Boris Johnson Secretly Asked For A Massive Amount Of User Data To Be Tracked. Dominic Cummings Said It’s “TOP PRIORITY”. – BuzzFeed, 10 Sept 2019

NHS gender identity clinic discloses email contacts of 2,000 patients – The Guardian, 6th Sep 2019

Michael Gill: Patient data for sale – BMJ, 2nd September 2019

NHS reports protester to Prevent for joining Extinction Rebellion – The Guardian, 1 September 2019

August 2019

£250m fund for NHS artificial intelligence laboratory slammed as tech for tech’s sake – The Register, 12th August 2019

One London to begin ‘deliberative’ dialogue on data use, privacy and consent – Digital Health, 5th August 2019

Londoners are suspicious of sharing information outside the NHS, study finds – Healthcare IT News, 5th August 2019

July 2019

DeepMind touts predictive healthcare AI ‘breakthrough’ trained on heavily skewed data – TechCrunch, 31st July 2019

Heathrow Airport and NHS Digital join ICO sandbox projects – ITPro, 31st July 2019

Could The NHS Really Sell Its Data For $12 Billion? – Forbes magazine, 24th July 2019

NHS data worth £9.6bn per year, says Ernst & Young – Digital Health, 24th July 2019

NHSX to oversee data-sharing agreements under new DHSC guidance – Digital Health, 24th July 2019

Privacy in the age of digital medicine – Politico, 18th July 2019

Amazon Alexa partnership puts patient data ‘at risk’ – Digital Health, 10th July 2019

MPs call for national debate over government’s digital ID card plans – SkyNews, 10th July 2019

Oh good. This’ll go well. Amazon’s Alexa will offer NHS advice – The Register, 10th July 2019

Amazon Alexa-NHS partnership splits expert opinion – BBC, 10th July 2019

England’s NHS is embracing ‘big data’. But who’s really benefiting? – Open Democracy, 3rd July 2019

June 2019

UK public concerned about tech firms profiting from NHS data – PharmaPhorum, 10th June 2019

Genome sequencing ‘revolution’ in diagnosis of sick children – BBC, 10th June 2019

Make no mistake, one way or another NHS data is on the table in America trade talks – The Times, 8th June 2019

Big tech firms cannot be trusted with anonymous NHS data, survey suggests – ITV, 8th June 2019

NHS laptop and mobile thefts rise by one third – Open Access Government, 7th June 2019

May 2019

Watchdog issues warning over government patient data sharing – Health Service Journal, 28th May 2019

DHSC bans trusts from exclusive deals – Health Service Journal, 23rd May 2019

LGA points to need for stronger data security among care providers – UKAuthority, 20th May 2019

Health Secretary blind to £35M impact of Babylon’s ‘GP at Hand’ Service – Byline Times, 10th May 2019

NHS to launch data-sharing hubs with trial in Manchester – ITPro, 7th May 2019

The Way of the Wild West; Calls for an Inquiry over Babylon ‘GP at Hand’ App – Byline times, 3rd May 2019

The hidden harms of “genomic volunteering” – BMJ, 3rd May 2019

April 2019

‘Biggest obstacle’ in digitising healthcare is privacy, Wachter warns – Digital Health, 26th April 2019

Technology will only transform medicine if we get privacy right – Wired, 23rd April 2019

Home Office used suicidal girl’s medical records to reject family’s asylum claim – Sunday Times, 14th April 14 2019

Personal data on new mothers and babies sold to third parties – Financial Times, 12th April 2019

The potential of technology to build the most advanced health and care system in the world – Open Access Government, 3rd April 2019

March 2019

‘I’d share any data to stay alive longer’: the progress of digital public services – The Guardian, 22nd March 2019

Campaigners cry foul over NHS Digital plans to grant policy wonks and researchers access to patient-level data – The Register, 22nd March 2019

Revealed: National plan to share ‘rich detail of clinical encounters’ – Health Service Journal, 22nd March 2019

Health apps pose ‘unprecedented’ privacy risks – BBC, 21st March 2019

The messy, cautionary tale of how Babylon disrupted the NHS – Wired, 18th March 2019

Lack of clarity around data sharing risks ‘irreparable mistrust’, NHS Digital chief warns – Digital Health, 15th March 2019

Fiona Caldicott appointed first statutory National Data Guardian for health – Digital Health, 14th March 2019

Confused data policy risks ‘almost irreparable’ mistrust – NHS data boss – Health Service Journal, 13th March 2019

National data guardian role becomes statutory – UKAuthority, 12th March 2019

National data guardian for health and social care placed on statutory footing – Healthcare IT news, 12th March 2019

Your Health Data Are a Gold Mine for Advertisers – The Atlantic, 8th March 2019

The Download: Selling patient data – Health Service Journal, 6th March 2019

Government could automatically access GP patient data for benefits assessments – Pulse, 4th March 2019

February 2019

The purpose of LHCREs has always been clear – if you were paying attention – Digital Health, 26th February 2019

Code of conduct for data-driven health and care tech – UKTN, 26th February 2019

DWP plans to obtain people’s medical data will deter benefit claimants accessing healthcare, doctors warn – The Independent, 26th February 2019

Benefits staff want permission to trawl through patient records – The Times, 26th February 2019

Guess who’s working on a health data-slurping digital tool? Bzzt! Nope, it’s the UK Department for Work and Pensions – The Register, 19th February 2019

Whose Genome Is It Anyway? Big Data and Your DNA – BioNews, 11th February 2019

The NHS should run a mile from the genome sequencing goldrush – The Guardian, 7th Feb 2019

Home Office still using NHS patient data for immigration enforcement despite suggesting it would end practice – Independent, 4th February 2018

The future of your health could soon be in the NHS’s hands – The Spectator, 2nd February 2019

January 2019

NHS plan to sell genome sequencing to healthy people is premature – The Conversation, 31st January 2019

Over 150 NHS staff accused of snooping on patients’ records – Sunday Times, 27 January 2019

NHS to offer paid-for DNA tests if patients share data – BBC, 26th January 2019

NHS to sell DNA tests to healthy people in push to find new treatments – The Guardian, 26th January 2019

Patient experience surveys exempted from national data opt-outs – DigitalHealth, 21st January 2019

NHS surveys exempted from 1.6m patients’ data sharing opt-outs – Health Service Journal, 14th January 2019


December 2018

Hacker-besieged DNA data tucked away under military care – Naked Security, 7th December 2018

November 2018

Home Office is seeking new ways to obtain GP data on patients – Pulse, 21st November 2018

Google takeover of NHS-linked health app is ‘Totally unacceptable’, privacy lawyer says – The Independent, 14th November 2018

Google swallows up DeepMind Health and abolishes ‘independent board’ – The Register, 14th November 2018

Why Google consuming DeepMind Health is scaring privacy experts – Wired, 14th November 2018

Google accused of ‘trust demolition’ over health app – BBC, 14th November 2018

Google ‘betrays patient trust’ with DeepMind Health move – The Guardian, 14th November 2018

Home Office scraps scheme that used NHS data to track migrants – The Guardian, 12th November 2018

Whose genome is it anyway? – Bionews, 5th November 2018

October 2018

UK Government Funding For NHS Data Privacy Research – JD Supra, 30th October 2018

Brace yourself, Britain: Health minister shares ‘vision’ for NHS ‘tech revolution’ – The Register, 18th October 2018

Government IT plans to see all GP patient records accessed via the cloud – Pulse, 18th October 2018

Everything you need to know about Matt Hancock’s tech vision for the NHS – ComputerWorld UK, 18th October 2018

UK Health and Social Care Secretary outlines plans to introduce mandatory open standards – MobiHealthNews, 17th October 2018

Hancock sets out NHS tech vision – Computer Weekly, 17th October 2018

Poor uptake of new scheme to give patients control of confidential records – Health Service Journal, 12th October 2018 asks biz for ideas on how to ‘overcome’ data privacy concerns in NHS – The Register, 3rd October 2018

Leeds heralds launch of GP Connect – DigitalHealth, 3rd October 2018

September 2018

Women want the NHS to stop giving commercial sales reps unlimited access to them just hours after they gave birth – The i, 26th September 2018

Matt Hancock’s plan for an NHS tech revolution is doomed to fail – Wired, 8 September 2018

Government publishes code of conduct for AI and data-driven healthcare tech – DigitalHealth, 7th September 2018

August 2018 told data-sharing plans need vendor buy-in – The Register, 17 August 2018

Rebooting trust in the government’s data drive – Public Finance, 16 August 2018

July 2018

‘Data is a fingerprint’: why you aren’t as anonymous as you think online – Guardian, 13 July 2018

‘Coding’ cockup blamed for NHS cough-up of confidential info against patients’ wishes – The Register, 3rd July 2018

NHS glitch led to 150,000 patients’ data accidentally shared against their will – IT Pro, 3 July 2018

DeepMind, NHS use anonymized patient data in AI to avoid regulatory hurdles – Tech Republic, 2 July 2018

150,000 GP records wrongly shared as patient data opt-out preferences ‘not upheld’ – Pulse, 2 July 2018

UK NHS will anonymise private medical data for use in AI systems – Silicon Republic, 2 July 2018

June 2018

Privitar wins contract with NHS Digital to boost patient privacy – UKTN, 29 Jun 2018

Now NHS Digital is going after data on private healthcare too – The Register, 26 June 2018

Is the government telling us the truth about GDPR and our NHS medical data? – OpenDemocracy, 25 June 2018

Information Commissioner urges NHS Trusts to prioritise privacy – Pharma Phorum, 13 June 2018

Audit of DeepMind deal with NHS trust: It checks out, nothing to see here – The Register, 13 June 2018

Patients trust NHS with their data but still wary about use, survey suggests – Digital Health, 8th June 2018

NHS Digital ‘dumped data storage responsibility’ on hospitals – Cloud Pro, 7 June 2018

May 2018

The Guardian view on AI in the NHS: a good servant, when it’s not a bad master – The Guardian, Tuesday 22nd May 2018

PM says tech companies should use AI as a weapon in cancer fight – Digital Health, 21st May 2018

Government to revise memorandum of understanding between NHS Digital, the Home Office and the DHSC – Practice Business, 11th May 2018

Government Pledge To End NHS Data-Sharing With Immigration Enforcers ‘Worryingly Vague’ – Huffington Post, 10th May 2018

UK Home Office tiptoes back from slurping immigrants’ NHS files – The Register, 9th May 2018

Government forced to stop making NHS give patient data to immigration officials for minor infractions – Independent, 9th May 2018

GP data to be protected from immigration officers after ministers reverse position – Pulse, 9th May 2018

NHS will no longer have to share immigrants’ data with Home Office – Guardian, 9th May 2018

NHS staff aren’t border guards. We won’t police the ‘hostile environment’ – Guardian, 8th May 2018

Why data sharing fears could be catastrophic for the NHS – Med-tech news, 3rd May 2018

Doctors Mock Up Theresa May’s ‘Go Home’ Vans To Protest Home Office Use Of NHS Data – Huffington Post, 2nd May 2018

April 2018

NHS shared care records: progress, projects and privacy – Computer Weekly, 24 April 2018

Two thirds of Brits willing to let NHS collect personal data for research – Pulse, 24th April 2018

Data and digital infrastructure key to genomic sequencing success, say MPs – Computer Weekly, 23rd April 2018

Medical research needs big data – Tessa Jowell gets the ball rolling – The Guardian, 22nd April 2018

GPs ‘intimidated’ into handing over patient data to police – Pulse, 20th April 2018

MPs raise ‘serious concerns’ over NHS Digital stewardship of data – Out-law, 18th April 2018

Select committee inflames row over NHS Digital and Home Office data-sharing agreement – PR Week, 18th April 2018

UK report urges action to combat AI bias – TechCrunch, 16th April 2018

NHS Digital execs showed ‘little regard’ for patient ethics by signing data deal – The Register, 16th April 2018

NHS Digital “failing” to uphold patient interest – refuses to stop sharing data with Home Office – Diginomica, 16th April 2018

MPs criticise NHS Digital/Home Office data sharing deal – Pharma Times, 16th April 2018

Public backs sharing patient details with immigration, says NHS – PharmaPhorum, 16th April 2018

MPs turn up heat on NHS digital over data sharing – UKAuthority, 16th April 2018

MPs criticise NHS Digital/Home Office data sharing deal – Pharma Times, 16th April 2018

NHS is unable to protect patient data properly, says Commons committee – Daily Mirror, 15th April 2018

Stop sharing NHS data with Home Office, officials told – Daily Telegraph, 15th Apr 2018

NHS in data sharing row as senior MP condemns snooping on ‘MOST VULNERABLE’ – Daily Express, 15th April 2018

Government ‘failing to act on serious concerns about NHS data sharing’ raised by doctors – Independent, 15th April 2018

Home Office sharing NHS data shows ‘blatant disregard’ for GP-patient trust – GP magazine, 15th April 2018

Health Select Committee takes on ministers over ‘serious concerns’ about NHS Digital’s data-sharing MoU – Kable Government Computing, 15th April 2018

MPs attack NHS Digital for ‘inappropriate’ sharing of GP patient data – Pulse, 15th April 2018

GP leaders brand immigration officers’ request for patient address ‘appalling’ – Pulse, 12th April 2018

Data policy move to DCMS causes mixed reactions – ComputerWeekly, 3rd April 2018

March 2018

Local Health and Care Record Exemplar bid invites issued – digitalhealth, 22nd March 2018

NHS slammed for Data Sharing with Home Office – Computer Business Review, 19th Mar 2018

NHS must stop giving out patients’ private details – The Times, 15th March 2018

NHS Digital heads accused of being ‘suppliers’, not ‘custodians’ of UK patient data – The Register, 15th March 2018

The UK’s NHS will trust data to foreign powers – DatacenterDynamics, 14th March 2018

Two-Fifths of NHS Staff Break Policy Via WhatsApp Use: Report – InfoSecurity Magazine, 12th March 2018

GP practices told to review 44,000 patient records after data loss glitch – Pulse, 5th March 2018

Big pharma, big data: Why drugmakers want your health records – The Star (Malaysia), 4 March 2018

Data could be a huge source of funding for the NHS and we are about to give it away – The Times, 3rd March 2018

High Court grants legal challenge against NHS-Home Office deal to hand over patient data to immigration officials – The independent, 1 March 2018

NHS Digital rejects MPs calls to stop sharing patient data with immigration officials – The Inquirer, 1 March 2018

GP patients ‘should expect’ data to be shared with the Home Office, says Government – Pulse, 1 March 2018

February 2018

Immigration officials to continue to seek NHS England patient data – The Guardian, 28 February 2018

Stop slurping NHS data to enforce immigration laws? Not on your nellie, huffs UK Home Office – The Register, 28 February 2018

Are sick migrants avoiding NHS doctors over deportation fears? – BBC, 22 February 2018

Immigration agency asked GP to deliver deportation notice to patient – GP Online, 22 February 2018

January 2018

Govt ‘comprehensively ignored’ advice over NHS data-sharing deal – The Register, 31 January 2018

NHS chiefs urged to stop giving patient data to immigration officials – The Guardian, 31 January 2018

MPs Demand NHS Stops Handing Data To Home Office Immigration Enforcers – Huffington Post, 31 January 2018

Patient information shared with immigration officials – PracticeBusiness, 29 January 2018

Migrant women are being scared away from the NHS because the Home Office is taking data from patient records – The Independent, 27 January 2018

NHS OKs offshoring patient data to cloud providers stateside – The Register, 22 January 2018

Care organisations urged to follow Euro lead on data – UKAuthority, 22 January 2018

NHS Digital declares the public cloud a safe place to store patient data – Computer Weekly, 22 January 2018

Cloud computing: Now hospitals can keep confidential patient records in the public cloud – ZDnet, 22 January 2018

Government advises that NHS data can be safely hosted in the US and other countries –, 20 January 2018

Government could take control of data ethics in draft Data Protection Bill – Techworld, 18 January 2018 slammed for NHS data-sharing deal with Home Office – The Register, 17 January 2018

Pregnant and ill migrants ‘too scared to see a doctor,’ health experts warn – Sky News, 16 January 2018

Lung cancer patients’ medical records sent to US company linked with tobacco giant Philip Morris – Independent, 16 January 2018

Domestic worker died because she was too frightened to access healthcare over immigration fears, MPs told – Independent, 16 January 2018

Health bosses hand medical records of 180,000 British lung cancer patients to US firm working for one of world’s biggest tobacco companies – Daily Mail, 15 January 2018

Health officials accused of failing to carry out ‘basic checks’ before data on cancer sufferers was ‘plundered’ – Daily Telegraph, 15 January 2018

Nearly 180,000 NHS lung cancer patients’ data handed to firm linked to tobacco giant – Evening Standard, 15 January 2018

Think tank: Never mind WannaCry, update NHS IT systems for RoboDoc – The Register, 11 January 2018

Ethics for healthcare data is obsessed with risk – not public benefits – The Conversation, 5 January 2018


December 2017

NHS England to use live seasonal illness data to plan winter capacity – Pulse, 19th December 2017

Can De-Identified Health Data Be Re-Identified? – Huffington Post, 18 December 2017

No hack needed: Anonymisation beaten with a dash of SQL – The Register, 18 December 2017

November 2017

NHS cyber unit welcomed with cautious optimism by privacy and security groups – ComputerWorld UK, 29 November 2017

NHS data not fit for AI, Lords select committee told – Computer Weekly, 23 November 2017 told to tread carefully with transfer of data sets to NHS Digital – The Register, 20 November 2017

UK’s ICO issues stark reminder of backlash for privacy invasion – We Live Security, 20 November 2017

NHS accused of breaching doctor-patient confidentiality for helping Home Office target foreigners – Independent, 9 November 2017

Activists launch legal challenge against NHS patient data-sharing deal – The Register, 9 November 2017

Govt faces legal fight over Home Office access to NHS patient data –, 9 November 2017

Buried in a government bill, an immigration rule strips millions of their data protection –, 3 November 2017

October 2017

Algorithms, Henry VIII powers, dodgy 1-man-firms: Reg strokes claw over Data Protection Bill – The Register, 30 October 2017

Government ‘shamelessly attempting’ to give itself power to spy on people’s details for ‘immigration control’ – Independent, 24 October 2017

Sharing patient data would open door to next-generation NHS using ‘artificial intelligence’, Government told – The Independent, 16 October 2017

The government’s report on AI doesn’t recommend regulating it – Wired, 14 October 2017

DeepMind now has an ethics unit – which may have helped when it ate 1.6m NHS patient details – The Register, 4 October 2017

DeepMind now has an AI ethics research unit. We have a few questions for it… – TechCrunch, 4 October 2017

September 2017

NHS Digital directed to replace type two opt-outs – Digital Health, 29 September 2017

NHS IT leaders fear harm to patients from widespread hacking of confidential data – Information Age, 26 September 2017

Mass NHS data sharing plan will not allow ‘simple opt out’ despite ministers’ pledges – Daily Telegraph, 19 September 2017

The big data revolution: the high price of a force for good – Daily Telegraph, 16 September 2017

Jeremy Hunt to unveil plans for digital-led NHS treatment by 2018 – The Guardian, 11 September 2017

Nosey’ NHS worker accessed 398 patient records without permission at Royal Stoke University Hospital – Stoke Sentinel, 8 September 2017

AI has no place in the NHS if patient privacy isn’t assured – Wired, 5th September 2017

August 2017

Documents detail DeepMind’s plan to apply AI to NHS data in 2015 – TechCrunch, 31st August 2017

Building health AIs should be UK ambition, says strategy review – TechCrunch, 31st August 2017

Use of healthcare data must improve, says report – ComputerWeekly, 31st August 2017

UK needs to act urgently to secure NHS data for British public, report warns – The Guardian, 30th August 2017

Pssst… wanna participate in a Google DeepMind AI pilot? Be careful – The Register, 23rd August 2017

Anonymous hacker says they stole 1.2 million NHS patients’ data – Cluley Associates, 22nd August 2017

NHS 1.2 million patient name database hacked ‘to expose weaknesses’ – SC magazine, 21st August 2017

Anonymous hacker claims to have stolen private data on up to 1.2million NHS patients – The Sun, 18th August 2017

Nosey ex-NHS staffer slapped with fine for illegally peeking at medical records – The Register, 14th August 2017

July 2017

Bupa employee stole half a million customers’ health insurance data –, 19th July 2017

Digital service to allow patients to track how their NHS data is used –, 13th July 2017

DH pledges £50m to safeguarding NHS digital security – National Health Executive, 13th July 2017

Government confirms national opt-out for patient data – Digital Health, 12th July 2017

Government response to Caldicott promises further £21m cyber investment – Digital Health, 12th July 2017

Doctors using Snapchat to send patient scans to each other, panel finds – Guardian, 5th July 2017

Google DeepMind report fails to justify use by the NHS, claim privacy campaigners – Techworld, 5th July 2017

Why are we giving away our most sensitive health data to Google? – Guardian, 5th July 2017

The Guardian view on patient data: we need a better approach – Guardian, 5th July 2017

Chief medical officer calls for gene testing revolution – BBC, 4th July 2017

DeepMind held 1.6 million people’s health records unlawfully, but no one’s getting fined for it – Quartz, 4th July 2017

NHS broke the law by sharing 1.6 million patient records with Google’s DeepMind health team – The Sun, 4th July 2017

Royal Free breached UK data law in 1.6m patient deal with Google’s DeepMind – The Guardian, 3rd July 2017

Google DeepMind NHS medical trial broke UK privacy law – BBC, 3rd July 2017

Google DeepMind’s NHS data deal ‘failed to comply’ with law – New Scientist, 3rd July 2017

Royal Society: UK ‘Needs’ New Data Protection Watchdog –, 3rd July 2017

June 2017

The challenges surrounding patient data sharing – The Stack, 27th June 2017

Privacy, consent laws under ‘unprecedented strain’. We need a data-watcher watcher – The Register, 30th June 2017

DeepMind Health inks another 5-year NHS app deal in face of ongoing controversy – TechCrunch, 22 June 2017

The NHS Needs To Get To Grips With Patient Privacy – Huffington Post, 22nd June 2017

May 2017

The Guardian view on Google’s NHS grab: legally inappropriate – Guardian, 17 May 2017

Google DeepMind 1.6m patient record deal ‘inappropriate’ – Guardian, 16 May 2017

Google DeepMind NHS data deal was ‘legally inappropriate’ – New Scientist, 16 May 2017

Google DeepMind’s 1.6m UK medical record slurp ‘legally inappropriate’ – The Register, 16 May 2017

Google received 1.6 million NHS patients’ data on an ‘inappropriate legal basis’ – Sky News, 20:10 BST, Monday 15 May 2017

A leaked letter is battering DeepMind’s arguments that it stayed within health data privacy laws – Quartz, 15 May 2017

Google DeepMind received 1.6 million NHS patient records through a legally inappropriate deal – Business Insider, 15 May 2017

DeepMind NHS health data deal had ‘no lawful basis’ – Tech Crunch, 15 May 2017

Is GP record sharing safe?
– Pulse, 11 May 2017

Cambridge academic calls on health sector to stop using term ‘data ownership’ –, 11 May 2017

NHS deal to hand GP data to immigration officials causing ‘serious risk’ – Pulse, 2 May 2017

April 2017

Public Health England warns of ‘serious risk’ over Home Office data sharing – Independent, 29th April 2017

PHE warns of ‘serious risk’ over Home Office data sharing – Health Service Journal, 28 April 2017

Digital Economy Act becomes law – Kable Government Computing, 28th April 2017

NHS not doing enough to help police prevent terror attacks, warns Met’s counterterrorism chief – Daily Telegraph, 26th April 2017

Government’s information tsar to review data-sharing deal following row over patient confidentiality – PR Week, 26 April 2017

GPs register migrant patients as ‘no fixed abode’ to block Home Office tracking – GP Online, 21 April 2017

Crackdown on migrants forces NHS doctors to ‘act as border guards’ – Guardian, 20 April 2017

Peers: Government needs a credible NHS innovation strategy – and should penalise those that don’t engage –, 5 Apr 2017

Half a million ‘de-identified’ patients records to be shared in Bradford – The Register, 5 April 2017

NHS Digital plans September go-live for citizen identity service – Computer Weekly, 5 Apr 2017

March 2017

TPP sharing furore a reminder of the long shadow cast by – Digital Health, 24 Mar 2017

ICO moves to calm controversy over TTP patient data sharing – Digital Health, 21 Mar 2017

ICO concerned about TPP’s GP IT system’s data sharing compliance – Computer Weekly, 21 Mar 2017

Privacy-unaware GP surgeries put patient records at risk with ‘enhanced data sharing’, claim campaigners – The Inquirer, 20 Mar 2017

Big Read: What does Google DeepMind want with the NHS? – Digital Health, 20 Mar 2017

Security breach fears over 26 million NHS patients – The Daily Telegraph, 17 Mar 2017

Google DeepMind Deal with NHS Contained ‘Inexcusable’ Mistakes – InfoSecurity, 17 Mar 2017

Google’s Deepmind NHS deal ‘inexcusable’, says academic paper – The Register, 16 Mar 2017

Here are all the deals that Google’s AI lab DeepMind has made with the NHS – Business Insider, 16 Mar 2017

DeepMind accused of ‘inexcusable’ failings in its data deal with the NHS – Wired, 16 Mar 2017

“Inexcusable” mistakes made in Google DeepMind and Royal Free NHS data deal – study – Pharma Times, 16 Mar 2017

NHS Scotland launches GP information sharing system – Computer Weekly, 9 Mar 2017

DeepMind says no quick fix for verifying health data access – TechCrunch, 9 Mar 2017

Google’s DeepMind building health data audit tool to counter transparency fears –, 9 Mar 2017

Google’s DeepMind plans bitcoin-style health record tracking for hospitals – Guardian, 9 Mar 2017

Scotland rolls out national patient data extraction scheme – Pulse, 8 March 2017

How trustworthy is NHS Digital? – Open Democracy, 6 March 2017

February 2017

NHS patient letters meant for GPs went undelivered for years – The Register, 27 Feb 2017

NHS accused of covering up huge data loss that put thousands at risk – Guardian, 27 Feb 2017

John Manzoni: was a ‘misstep’ that ‘put us back a long way’ –, 21 Feb 2017

NHS Digital dodges further ICO data opt out regulation – Health IT central, 15 Feb 2017

NHS Digital avoids regulatory action from ICO over data opt-out errors – Public, 13 Feb 2017

ICO rules out regulatory action over NHS Digital data opt out concerns – Kable Government Computing, 10 Feb 2017

Ministers Accused Of “Out-Trumping Trump” Over Use Of Health Data To Track Alleged Illegal Immigrants – Buzzfeed, 10 Feb 2017

Joe’s View: Privacy, where next? – Digital, 9 Feb 2017

UK government’s huge citizen data grab is go—where are the legal safeguards? – Ars Technica, 9 Feb 2017

NHS Digital “working through” healthcare IoT complexity – Kable Government Computing, 7 Feb 2017

NHS urged to share data so patients can be deported – The Conversation, 6 Feb 2017

The Guardian view on the digital economy bill: a last chance to get it right – The Guardian, 5 Feb 2017

January 2017

Move to implement patient ‘data lake’ scheme –, 30 Jan 2017

The NHS should protect patient confidentiality – Guardian letters, 27 Jan 2017

NHS hands over patient records to Home Office for immigration crackdown – The Guardian, 24 Jan 2017

Lords slam ‘untrammelled’ data sharing powers in Digital Economy Bill – The Register, 20 Jan 2017

Home Office refuses to enforce privacy code on NHS staff using video – The Guardian, 18 Jan 2017

New national NHS patient “data lake” proposed based on STPs – Digital, 18 Jan 2017

NHS England moots regional-level data collection to support national analytics – Public, 19 Jan 2017

Privacy issues drive health IT consumer skepticism: 10 Black Book survey findings – Becker’s Health IT & CIO review (USA), 3 Jan 2017

Understanding the conundrum: New information flows for economic growth – Big Data & Society (Academic journal), 1 Jan 2017


December 2016

The NHS refused to reveal how much it’s paying Google’s DeepMind – Business Insider, 24/12/16

Google app aids London hospital health checks – BBC, 23/12/16

Patients Should Own Their Medical Records! – Health IT central, 12/12/16

NHS Digital sees off patient privacy challenge –, 6/12/16

November 2016

Civil servants under fire over Digital Economy Bill drafting as Parliamentary scrutiny bites – Kable Government Computing, 23/11/16

DeepMind hits back at criticism of its NHS data-sharing deal – Wired, 22/11/16

Google DeepMind, NHS partnership sparks privacy fears – Fierce Healthcare, 22/11/16

DeepMind has signed a major new deal with the NHS despite concerns about patient privacy – Business Insider, 22/11/16

NHS using Google technology to treat patients – BBC News, 22/11/16

Google’s DeepMind agrees new deal to share NHS patient data – New Scientist, 22/11/16

The public get the chance to manage their own medical files – Economist, 19/11/16

Benefits of digital patient tools in the NHS uncertain, says think tank – Computer Weekly, 18/11/16

NHS Digital boss Andy Williams resigns – Public, 16/11/16

‘The principle of ownership brings notions of it being someone’s property – therefore sellable’ – Health IT Central, 9/11/16

Consultation outcome over Caldicott proposals to be released soon – Health IT central, 3/11/6

Data Collection And Patient Privacy – A Balancing Act – Health IT central, 2/11/6

NHS England sets up info governance network – UK Authority, 2/11/16

October 2016

Data confidentiality row intensifies ahead of crucial ruling – HSJ, 26/10/16

Opt-outs have been honoured – NHS Digital –, 21/10/16

Working towards a national consent model –, 21/10/16

NHS patients must be taught to share their data, says EU lobby group – The Register, 18/10/16

NHS Digital’s plans for a digital NHS –, 17/10/16

Trust a doctor? Many don’t: Third of people worry the NHS will share their personal data – Daily Mail, 17/10/16

Government claims open data successes –, 17/10/16

The Guardian view on data sharing: the privacy of citizens is being eroded – Guardian, 16/10/16

Google DeepMind has doubled the size of its healthcare team – Business Insider UK, 11/10/16

Caldicott 3: Easy to say, hard to do? – Digital Health, 6/10/16

September 2016

Clinicians key to building public trust around sharing patient data – Computer Weekly, 28/9/16

GP data-sharing scheme rises from the dead – Pulse, 27/9/16

Scrapped NHS ballsup cost taxpayer almost £8m – The Register, 27/9/16

Scrapped ‘cost £8.1m’ claim – Health IT Central, 27/9/16

NHS handed over GP data to 150 groups against patients’ wishes – Pulse, 27/9/16

Data breaches ongoing as NHS Digital pushes opt-outs –, 26/9/16

NHS Digital grapples with thousands of patient data breaches – Health Service Journal, 23/9/16

It’s time for a public debate about data sharing – Prospect, 22/9/16

Building a new social norm for health data – Prospect, 22/9/16

King’s Fund calls for “definitive” NHS digital funding strategy – Kable Government Computing, 22/9/16

Is open data the key to healthcare transformation? – Diginomica, 22/9/16

The NHS’ Digital Ambitions Must Be Bolder – Huffington Post, 21/9/16

Care.Data – A post-mortem – ITProPortal, 19/9/16 oughta get its data-sharing house in order before Digital Economy Bill plans – The Register, 19/9/16

Caldicott: future of patient opt-outs a ‘challenge’ –, 8/9/16 – patients will be able to download medical files with new digital version of NHS 111 – Daily Mirror, 7/9/16

Government to launch another data harvesting initiative, says “out of date” NHS Digital plan – UKAuthority, 6/9/16

Patient data consent model ‘to be launched in March’ – Health Service Journal, 6/9/16

NHS ‘paperless roadmap’: Fewer dead trees, more data control – The Register, 6/9/16

Shadow of defunct looms over patient record sharing progress – Kable Government Computing, 2/9/16

MPs warn that NHS teams have “significant problems” getting access to data – Diginomica, 2/9/16

Health committee calls for rethink of NHS data sharing practices – Public, 1/9/16

‘Significant problems’ with data access in public health –, 1/9/16

August 2016

Government opens consultation on new patient record centralisation plans – Computing, 25/8/16

NHS in consultation for patient records system to replace – V3, 25/8/16 concerns as new platform proposed –, 25/8/16

Is a replacement waiting in the wings? – HealthIT central, 25/8/16

Stealth plan to sell UK patient health data – Politico, 22/8/16

Do we need to care about the closure of – BioMed Central, 19/8/16 is dead – long live – OpenDemocracy, 19/8/16

Future NHS: What if people controlled their own health data? – GP Magazine, 19/8/16

NHS Care.Data 2.0: What Should It Look Like?
– TechWeek Europe, 18/8/16 – dead or alive? – Computer Weekly, 8/8/16

Some benefits of digital health to the NHS may be delayed by consent model consultation, says expert – Out-law, 8/8/16

Campaigners fear plans still live –, 4/8/16 gone but not forgotten –, 3/8/16

July 2016

Why the closure of is bad news for the NHS and society – Guardian, 19/7/16 has been scrapped, but your health data could still be shared – The Conversation, 12/7/16

Decision to scrap NHS data grab welcomed in West – Plymouth Herald, 11/7/16

Patients should have more control over how their medical data is used, says Caldicott – Out-law, 7/7/16

How the NHS got it so wrong with – Daily Telegraph, 7/7/16

A viable shot at a better NHS has been killed off by privacy paranoia – Guardian, 7/7/16

UK government takes surgeon’s knife to controversial NHS scheme – Ars Technica, 7/7/16

Government drops – UKAuthority, 7/7/16

A cynical day to bury the NHS controversy – Diginomica, 7/7/16

Government pulls plug on programme – OnMedica, 7/7/16

NHS England single patient database scrapped – 7/7/16

Controversial mega-database of medical records scrapped over privacy concerns – Independent, 7/7/16

CQC revamps health and social care data security guidance – Kable Government Computing, 6/7/16’s hated project binned – The Register, 6/7/16

NHS trusts need to prioritise data security, says Fiona Caldicott – Computer Weekly, 6/7/15

NHS England scraps controversial programme – Computer Weekly, 6/7/15

NHS scheme closed after years of controversy – Wired, 6/7/15

Controversial plans scrapped as reports question how NHS uses data – GP Online, 6/7/16

NHS England scraps project – Computing, 6/7/16

NHS England scraps controversial project – V3, 6/7/16

Controversial £7.5 million NHS database scrapped quietly on same day as Chilcot Report – Daily Telegraph, 6/7/16

NHS to scrap single database of patients’ medical details – Guardian, 6/7/16

UK patients should have greater data slurp opt-out powers – report – The Register, 6/7/16

Case for data sharing ‘still needs to be made to the public’, says Caldicott – National Health Executive, 6/7/16

Prepare for ‘strengthened’ inspections into data security, CQC tells GPs – Pulse, 6/7/16

June 2016

The Home Office Is Accessing Thousands Of People’s NHS Data To Trace Illegal Immigrants – BuzzFeed News, 7/6/16

May 2016

NHS told to strengthen data security after leaks – The Times, 25/5/16

GPhC issues sanctions to Pharmacy2U directors – Chemist & Druggist, 25/5/16

New figures reveal up to 1.5m people opt-out of – Health IT central, 20/5/16

Consistent minority of patients opting out of having data shared – National Health Executive, 18/5/16

Exclusive: Google’s NHS deal does not have regulatory approval – New Scientist, 13/5/16 is about to fling your data at anyone who wants it. How? Why? Shut up, pleb – The Register, 13/5/16

Should the NHS share patient data with Google’s DeepMind? – Wired, 11/5/16

56 Dean Street fined £180,000 by ICO –, 9/5/16

UK data watchdog dishes out brace of fines to NHS after serious breaches – Ars Technica, 9/5/16

Cyber security is critical to the future of the NHS –, 5/5/16

Google’s NHS deal does not bode well for the future of data-sharing – Guardian, 5/5/16

It’s barmy to hand our health secrets to Google – the world’s greediest snooper – Daily Mail, 5/5/16

Google’s DeepMind shouldn’t suck up our NHS records in secret – Guardian, 4/5/16

How to stop Google seeing your private medical history – Business Insider UK, 4/5/16

Google given access to healthcare data of up to 1.6 million patients – The Guardian, 4/5/16

NHS shares medical records of 1.6 million patients with Google as part of data-sharing agreement – The Independent, 4/5/16

If Google has nothing to hide about NHS data, why so secretive? – New Scientist, 4/5/16

Google AI given access to health records of 1.6 million English patients – Ars Technica, 3/5/16

Controversy as Google given access to NHS patient data – The Daily Telegraph, 3/5/16

Google handed health records of 1.6 MILLION NHS patients, sparking privacy fears – The Sun, 3/5/16

Google handed patients’ files without permission: Up to 1.6million records – including names and medical history – passed on in NHS deal with web giant – Daily Mail, 3/5/16

Google given access to London patient records for research – BBC, 3/5/16

Minister says NHS needs more data sharing – UKAuthority, 3/5/16

April 2016

Google AI gains access to 1.2m confidential NHS patient records – The Register, 29/4/16

Revealed: Google AI has access to huge haul of NHS patient data – New Scientist, 29/4/16 could be delayed again as DH sits on completed reviews – Pulse, 26/4/16

1.2m patients continue to be ignored over objections to record sharing – Pulse, 20/4/16

Guidance on consent and opt-outs for patient data sharing delayed – ComputerWeekly, 20/4/16

HSCIC to commence patient data sharing opt outs this month – Government Computing, 20/4/16

One million patients have opted out of – The Register, 20/4/16

NHS records still being shared with third parties due to Department of Health delays – ComputerWorld UK, 14/4/16

Pharmacy2U directors face fitness to practise committee over sale of patient data – The Pharmaceutical Journal, 7/4/16

March 2016

Study shows patients support record sharing – UK Authority, 10/3/16

Trust in data use necessary for potential of big data to be realised in health sector, says expert – Out-Law, 9/3/16

Brits still not happy about commercial companies using their healthcare data – The Register, 9/3/16

Hands off our health records, say 1 in 6 UK adults – New Scientist, 9 March 2016

Government to review £500m-worth of Atos contracts after IT failure – The Guardian, 6/3/16

February 2016

‘GP patients won’t be identified from sick note records’ – Pulse, 16/2/16

De-anonymising data should be a criminal offence, says MPs report – The Register, 12/2/16

House of Commons Science and Technology Committee calls for Data Ethics Council – Computer Weekly, 12/2/16

MPs say Whitehall data still stuck in silos – UKAuthority, 12/2/16

Personal data privacy breaches ‘should carry a jail term’ – Daily Mail, 12/2/16

Privacy advocates left out of NHS ‘oversight’ board – The Register, 8/2/16

Health Secretary promises NHS £4.2bn to go ‘digital’ – The Register, 8/2/16

700,000 patients continue to have data sharing objections ignored – Pulse, 5/2/16

January 2016

GPs told to inform patients of ‘state snooping’ on sick note records – Pulse, 24/1/16

NHS Cyber Security ‘Far Weaker Than Thought’ – Tech Week Europe, 20/1/16

Theresa May refuses to say whether UK spies access medical data
BBC, 13/1/16


December 2015

MPs slam mandarins over failed GP IT system – The Register, 31/12/15

GP records database delayed at ‘huge cost’ to taxpayer – The Telegraph, 31/12/15

November 2015

HSCIC to commence patient data opt outs from January – Kable Government Computing, 30/11/15

NHS England to create new technology officer role – Kable Government Computing, 26/11/15

What is the digital legacy of Tim Kelsey? – Digital Health, 26/11/15

Patient opt-outs actioned by January – DigitalHealth, 24/11/15

HSCIC is sharing data of patients who opted out of – Computing, 24/11/15

700,000 opt-outs finally get to come off the database – dataIQ, 24/11/15

NHS patient data-sharing opt-outs must be honoured by January 2016, says ICO – Computer Weekly, 24/11/15

Patients to finally have data-sharing objections honoured – Pulse, 2/11/15

October 2015

GPs’ concerns ‘could resurface’, warns data guardian – Pulse, 28/10/15

Flawed GP data extraction system ‘misspent public money’ – GP Online, 27/10/15

Public trust is key to sharing health data successfully, says Fiona Caldicott – Computer Weekly, 27/10/15

Online pharmacy fined for selling user data to lottery company and others – Sophos Naked Security, 22/10/15

BMA calls for jail sentences after pharmacy found to have sold NHS patient data – GP Online, 21/10/15

NHS underinvests in data capabilities, says Public Health England chief knowledge officer – Computer Weekly, 1/10/15

September 2015

Data privacy fears undermining patient safety, RCGP chair tells Labour conference – GP magazine, 29/9/15

How can we trust the NHS with ‘big data’ if it can’t even get an app store right? – Diginomica, 28/9/15

Why it’s no surprise that NHS accredited smartphone apps are leaking data – Computing, 28/9/15

NHS-approved health apps put patient privacy and health at risk, says study – Ars Technica, 25/9/15

NHS-approved apps found ‘leaking’ ID data – BBC, 25/9/15

NHS apps caught sending unencrypted health data – V3, 25/9/15

What next for NHS plan after its leader Tim Kelsey quit? – Computer Weekly, 24/9/15

Do you know what happened to your data? – StatsLife, 24/9/15

Tim, Telstra, and the tech takeover of the NHS – Open Democracy, 22/9/15 – an in-depth check-up on NHS England’s controversial bid to join up health data – Civil Service World, 18/9/15

Tim Kelsey quits NHS, leaving controversial behind – IT Pro, 18/9/15 head to leave NHS England for private sector role – Civil Service World, 18/9/15 lead Tim Kelsey resigns from NHS England – Pharma Times, 17/9/15

Tim Kelsey resigns from NHS England – Computing, 17/9/15 chief Tim Kelsey to leave NHS England – Computer Weekly, 17/9/15

Government adviser leaves controversial NHS data scheme for private sector – Guardian, 17/9/15

Architect of UK’s hated scheme quits NHS, flees from Britain – The Register, 17/9/15

CCG pilot work continues – Kable Government Computing, 10/9/15

NHS England claims ‘is not paused’ – Computing, 9/9/15

Right, opt out everybody! Hated paused again – The Register, 8/9/15 on hold again –, 7/9/15

NHS pilots paused so that it can clear up wording on opt-outs – Computing, 7/9/15 pilots delayed until January – Civil Service World, 7/9/15

NHS England’s controversial programme on hold again – Computer Weekly, 7/9/15 pilot in Somerset paused – Government Computing News, 4/9/15 ‘paused’ yet again due to confidentiality review – Pulse, 4/9/15

The consensus? A qualitative analysis of opinions expressed on Twitter – BMC Public Health, 2/9/15

August 2015

Patients will resist medical record sharing if NHS bosses ignore their privacy fears – The Conversation, 19/8/15 is a complete omnishambles, says study into hated scheme – The Register, 12/8/15

Pharmacists hit back at ‘misleading’ patient data article – Pharma Times, 12/8/15

The public is right to worry about data-sharing – Daily Telegraph letters, 12/8/15 and access to UK health records: patient privacy and public trust – Technology Science, 11/8/15

Sharing all our personal data is stupid and dangerous – Daily Telegraph, 11/8/15

Personal health data belongs to patients – Telegraph editorial, 10/8/15

Boots, Tesco and Superdrug to get access to NHS medical records – Daily Telegraph, 10/8/15

GPs in pilots prepare for scheme’s launch – GP Online, 4/8/15 director Tim Kelsey: the mastermind behind the NHS GP data project – ComputerWorld UK, 3/8/15

July 2015 opt out ignored by commissioners, campaigners claim – Health Service Journal, 29/7/15

Patient data must be safeguarded – Guardian Letters, 28/7/15

Almost 2% of patients have opted out of before awareness campaign begins – Pulse, 24/7/15

Just 2% of patients opt out of, says minister – GP Online, 24/7/15 concerns dismissed as ‘scare stories’ by NHS data chief – ComputerWorld UK, 23/7/15

NHS backs down over private data: Demands for millions of confidential files are abandoned after leaked letter sparks privacy row – Daily Mail, 22/7/15

GP system suppliers data request dropped – Digital, 22/7/15

NHS boss demands health information for MILLIONS of Britons – and it could identify YOU – Daily Express, 21/7/15

NHS England requests data on GP appointments to support case for seven-day working – Pulse, 21/7/15

NHS circumvents GPs to obtain confidential patient data – Ars Technica, 21/7/15

NHS denies personal information will be shared in appointments row – Computing, 21/7/15

PM plans patient data grab in proposals for seven-day NHS – The Guardian, 21/7/15

Why does Downing Street want details of all your appointments with your doctor? – Our NHS, 21/7/15

Privacy storm over GP visits: NHS official demands details of millions of confidential appointments – Daily Mail, 20/7/15

We must convince the public that researchers need access to medical records – BMJ, 17/7/15 trial practices unveiled as objection concerns remain – Kable Government Computing, 13/7/15

Sir Tim Berners-Lee seeks revival of plan to open up NHS data – Financial Times, 10/7/15

Wales considers record sharing – Pulse, 9/7/15

Just 12 GP practices sign up to test in largest pilot region – Pulse, 8/7/15

NHS IT system for GP data upload slammed for delays and overspend – Computer Weekly, 2/7/15

NHS IT failures mount as GP data system declared unfit for purpose – The Register, 2/7/15

GP data system GPES ‘flawed, delayed and over budget’, audit finds – GP Online, 2/7/15

Audit Office slams IT system for GP records – OnMedica, 2/7/15

NHS IT: Another project over budget, late and with a functionality shortfall – ComputerWorld UK, 2/7/15

GP extraction service was ‘fundamentally flawed’, Government auditors find – Pulse, 2/7/15

IT system for GP records criticised – BBC, 2/7/15

NAO gives thumbs down to GP Extraction Service – UK Authority, 2/7/15

June 2015, NHS Choices and now Apps – could it be three failures in a row for Tim Kelsey? – Computing, 30/6/15

Four UK major IT projects headed for disaster, report claims – MISCO News, 30/6/15

NHS still leaks like a sinking ship, but ministers set sail regardless – The Conversation, 30/6/15

“Unachievable” programme should serve as warning to Government-as-a-Platform agenda – Diginomica, 30/6/15

NHS England hits back at highly critical report – Health Service Journal, 29/6/15

Watchdog: Universal Credit, Care.Data Need ‘Urgent Action’ – TechWeek Europe, 29/6/15 ‘looks unachievable’, says Whitehall watchdog – Pulse, 29/6/15

NHS patient data plans unachievable, review finds – The Guardian, 26/6/15

Hated scheme now ‘unachievable’, howls watchdog – The Register, 26/6/15 needs urgent action to succeed, warns watchdog – IT Pro, 26/6/15’s MPA ‘red’ risk rating may be out of date – Kable Government Computing, 26/6/15 is ‘unachievable’ says Major Projects Authority – Computer Business Review, 26/6/15 is ‘unachievable’, says Whitehall watchdog – ComputerWorld UK, 25/6/15

‘Whitehall, we have a problem with 21 major IT projects,’ warns Major Projects Authority – Computing, 25/6/15

HSCIC confident in – Digital, 25/6/15 main milestones for controversial health data sharing scheme – ComputerWorld UK, 22/6/15 to restart this month – Local Government Chronicle, 15/6/15

ID card for every child in Scotland – Scottish Express, 14/6/15

NHS faces backlash over restart in Blackburn – Computer Business Review, 12/6/15

Blackburn with Darwen to lead reboot – UK Authority, 12/6/15 project to restart later this month – Computing, 12/6/15 scheme due to restart despite ongoing privacy concerns – IT Pro, 12/6/5

NHS England yet to finalise extraction launch date – Kable Government Computing, 12/6/15 re-launched this month – Digital, 11/6/2015

Controversial NHS England project set to restart – Computer Weekly, 11/6/15

GPs prepare to contact patients individually as is relaunched in some areas – Pulse, 10/6/15

NHS to hunt out patients who are costing too much: Bosses will trawl records to identify most frequent visitors to A&E – Daily Mail, 9/6/15

GP records to be shared without patient permission to tackle ‘high cost’ patients – Pulse, 9/6/15

Up to 700,000 NHS patients had their data released, despite opting out – Ars Technica, 9/6/15

NHS Patients’ Data Shared Against Their Wishes – Sky News, 6/6/15

Data on 700,000 NHS patients ‘available to third parties’: Details being shared despite patients asking for them to be kept secret – Daily Mail, 6/6/15

Confidential NHS patient data being passed on ‘against wishes’ – ITV, 6/6/15

NHS data passed on ‘against wishes’ – Press Association, 6/6/15

Nearly 1 million patients could be having confidential data shared against their wishes – Daily Telegraph, 6/6/15

NHS details released against patients’ wishes, admits data body – Guardian, 6/6/15 loose ends need tying up now – Health Service Journal, 4/6/15

NHS fails to cope with opt outs – UKAuthority, 5/6/15 the economic value of data versus the public interest? – Stats Life, 3/6/15

NHS blows £5 MILLION on delayed – The Register, 2/6/15

Baroness Ludford: Respond to the 700,000 requests to opt out of medical data sharing – Politics Home, 2/6/15

May 2015

Survey highlights patients concerns about sharing personal health data – Cambridge Network, 14/5/15

Delay to 700,000 patient opt-outs –, 12/5/15

What are the IT headaches facing the next government? – ComputerWorld UK, 7/5/15

Local GP data sharing schemes ‘open practices up’ to legal challenges – Pulse, 6/5/15

NHS overriding 700,000 patient opt-outs to GP data being shared – Pulse, 5/5/15

Could Google look after our NHS data? – Daily Mail, 4/5/15

April 2015

NHS tops the list for serious data breaches last year – ComputerWorld, 9/4/15

March 2015

EU ministers back data privacy changes – eHealth insider, 23/3/15

NHS England has some sneaky plans for acceleration – The Register, 20/3/15

Ethical frameworks and APIs dominate open data discussion – Kable Government Computing, 20/3/15

MP calls for halt to roll-out – Birmingham Press, 17/3/15

Data advisory group to disband – eHealth insider, 16/3/15

Privacy and the 100,000 Genome Project – Guardian, 10/3/15

NHS – a horribly botched operation – Computing, 8/3/15

CQC could use information for intelligent monitoring – Pulse, 6/3/15

All power to the LibDems for standing up for our liberties in database debate – The Herald, 5/3/15

Maternity leave minister returns to help SNP avoid ID database defeat – Daily Telegraph, 4/3/15

MSPs debate ‘super ID database’ plans – BBC, 4/3/15

Time to wake up to this grave threat to our privacy – The Herald, 4/3/15

Scottish Government wins ID database showdown – The Scotsman, 4/3/15

Independent oversight body for to be scrapped – Pulse, 4/3/15

NHS ‘can never be 100 per cent secure’ – Computing, 3/3/15

NHS England to launch standards testing within weeks – Kable Government Computing, 3/3/15 on hold until election – eHealth Insider, 2/3/15

Watchdog: SNP plan for super-database could create national ID number for every Scot – Herald, 2/3/15

Scottish identity database plans carry privacy risk, ministers warned – Guardian, 2/3/15

Development of a Scottish Population Register/ID Card Scheme is subject to ICO criticism – Hawktalk, 2/3/15

February 2015

Scottish plans for central identity database spark privacy criticism – Guardian, 25/2/15

HSCIC promises not to count opt outs at GP practice level – Pulse, 23/2/15

Plans to share NHS data with tax agency ‘risk breaking down trust’ – STV, 22/2/15

Labour calls for NHS data sharing plans to be dropped – The Courier, 22/2/15

NHS: Campaigners attack plans to share patients’ personal data with taxman – Daily Record, 22/2/15 2.0: why its ‘Big Data’ approach should be reconsidered – Stats Life, 16/2/15

No date for report response – eHealth Insider, 11/2/15

Majority of pilots expected to begin ‘before May’ – Pulse, 10/2/15

Clarification concerns leave Caldicott unsure of timing – Kable Government Computing, 10/2/15

Shed light on big data – ethics report – 4/2/15, eHealth Insider

Medical researchers and health care providers must consider moral as well as legal questions on data use, says bioethics body – Out-Law, 4/2/15

Let public have greater say over big health data – New Scientist, 3/2/15

Just because you can does not mean you should — commercial and clinical research exploitation of personal digital information – Computer Weekly, 3/2/15

Report: Public Big Data initiatives need moral framework to succeed – Fierce Biotech, 3/2/15

Abuse of health data deserves JAIL, thunders ethics body – The Register, 3/2/15

Government told to make it easier to opt out of database – Independent, 3/2/15

‘Public should be consulted on NHS medical data-sharing scheme’ – Guardian, 3/2/15

Health advances using ‘big data’ at risk, ministers warned – Financial Times, 3/2/15

Concerns over use of health data – Press Association, 3/2/15

Public participation should be at the heart of big data projects –, 3/2/15

Science 2.0: Public Buy-In – And Penalties For Misuse – Essential For Big Data Success – Science, 2/2/15

ICO given expanded health data audit powers – Kable Government Computing, 2/2/15

Single opt-out “needed” for patient data – EHI, 2/2/15

January 2015

NHS data privacy plans ‘flawed’ – SC Magazine, 29/1/15 refuseniks will be DENIED CANCER SCREENING invites – The Register, 28/1/15

‘Anonymous’ NHS database could still allow patients to be identified, expert warns – Independent, 26/1/15

NHS information centre forced to write to potentially ‘millions’ of patients after error – Pulse, 23/1/15

The social licence for research: why ran into trouble – BMJ, 23/1/15

NHS disregards patient requests to opt out of sharing medical records – Guardian, 22/1/15

Patients miss out on bowel cancer screening after opting out of – Pulse, 22/1/15 in “last chance saloon” – eHealth Insider, 22/1/15

NHS director argues big data in healthcare is a ‘moral obligation’ – relaunched – diginomica, 20/1/15

NHS England rounds on critics as relaunches – Pharma Times, 16/1/15

Fresh Patient Confidentiality Care.Data Concerns Arise –, 14/1/15

NHS relaunches controversial initiative to drive big data use in healthcare – V3, 13/1/15

NHS boss claims patient data collection is ‘morally right’ – IT Pro, 13/1/15 and big data will fill ‘dangerous gaps’ in NHS and futureproof it with genomics, argues Tim Kelsey – Computing, 13/1/15

Medical Records Scheme May Identify Patients – Sky News, 13/1/15

NHS refused to pull ‘unfit for purpose’ leaflet – The Register, 7/1/15

NHS was informed that leaflets were ‘not fit for purpose’ before £1m rollout – Computing, 7/1/15

HSCIC readies secure data facility for programme – Computing, 6/1/15

HSCIC secure facility to open by March – Kable Government Computing, 6/1/15

HSCIC secure facility to open by March – eHealth Insider, 5/1/15


December 2014 review raises questions – eHealth Insider, 19/12/14

NHS watchdog raises 27 questions over before roll-out can proceed – Computer Weekly, 18/12/14 Caldicott calls for NHS to answer areas of concern – Computing, 18/12/14 extractions on hold until NHS England satisfies GP concerns – Pulse, 18/12/14 practice pilots will not start until 2015 – Pulse, 16/12/14

Need to repeat “inadequate consultation” could further delay NHS data-sharing programme – Out-Law, 15/12/14

MPs say programme should be put on hold – Computing, 12/12/14 faces more delays over concerns about patients – Computer Weekly, 12/12/14

What future is there for UK’s info sharing scheme? – The Register, 12/12/14

Launch date for trial uncertain – Kable Government Computing, 12/12/14 trial date in doubt – IT Pro, 12/12/14

Controversial NHS patient data sharing pilot scheme may be delayed until 2015 – Guardian, 11/12/14

HSCIC reviews data releases to police – eHealth Insider, 9/12/14

November 2014

NHS to carry on selling patient records to insurers – Daily Telegraph, 27/11/14

Why sharing medical data could be good for your health – Daily Telegraph, 27/11/14

NHS to carry on selling patients’ medical data to insurance firms despite history of blunders over illegal use of the information – Daily Mail, 27/11/14 a year of bungling and confusion – Stats Life (newsletter of the Royal Statistical Society), 25/11/14

NHS suffered six data breaches every day since 2011, study finds – ComputerWorld, 14/11/14

NHS data is snooped on six times every day: Staff caught looking at records of friends, family and even love rivals – Daily Mail, 14/11/14

Campaign calls for patients to choose who can access their GP record through – Pulse, 10/11/14

NHS to approve health care apps for GPs to prescribe – Pulse, 4/11/14

October 2014

Fears that patient data will be disclosed under new scheme – Practice Business, 24/10/14

Doctors urged to adopt default opt-out approach to scheme – Out-Law, 23/10/14

Blanket opt out by GPs does not breach Data Protection Act – GP Online, 22/10/14

Roundtable: Where should go from here? – Health Service Journal, 22/10/14

GP records soon wide open again: Just walk into a ‘safe haven’ – The Register, 17/10/14

Don’t trust bumbling public officials and opt out of this NHS data disaster – Sunday Express, 12/10/14 pilots to start in GP practices – ComputerWorld UK, 9 Oct 14

CCGs to host test-runs revealed – The Commissioning Review, 8/10/14 goes ahead with CCG pilot – Computer Weekly 8/10/14

NHS medical records to be stored in regional data centres – Guardian, 8/10/14

Storm as NHS gives go-ahead to patient database despite concerns: Pilot scheme will involve 1.7million people unless an individual specifically ops out – Daily Mail, 8/10/14

GPs to contact patients individually to explain opt-out – Pulse, 7/10/14

GPs could opt all patients out of opt under data protection laws, information office says – Pulse, 6/10/14

GPs practices can opt out of – eHealth Insider, 3/10/14

September 2014

Kelsey steps up NHS data drive – Kable Government Computing, 17/9/14 pilots to be chosen ‘shortly’ – eHealth Insider, 10/9/14

August 2014

Confidentiality costs – Stats Life (newsletter of the Royal Statistical Society), 27/8/14

NHS England looks at expanding extractions to include ‘sensitive’ patient information – Pulse, 19/8/14

Police should have greater access to medical records, says chief constable – Pulse, 11/8/14

Key letters ‘not sent’eHealth Insider,  5/8/14

Make opt in or we will opt patients out, say GPs – Pulse, 5/8/14

GPs’ responsibilities amount to ‘good customer service’, says information commissioner – Pulse, 5/8/14

July 2014

Indefinite delay for after patient fiasco – Pharma Times, 29/7/14

GPs most trusted by public to protect their data – Pulse, 23/7/14 is back, with pilot in 500 GP practices – Civil Service World, 18/7/14

Home Office accessing NHS records to help track down illegal immigrants – Guardian, 14/7/14

HSCIC warns of HES confidentiality – eHealth Insider, 4/7/14

Patient data oversight committee appoints new chair – IT Pro Portal, 4/7/14

GPs to send patient letters explaining ‘opt-out’ – Pulse, 3/7/14

UK would be ‘losing out’ if citizens don’t allow NHS to share information for – Computing, 3/7/14

Insurance company refuses NHS request to delete patient data – Health Service Journal, 2/7/14

Sharing patient data must be embraced despite “understandable caution” – Kable Government Computing, 2/7/14

Caldicott to oversee pilot – eHealth Insider, 2/7/14 will remain opt-out model, says NHS director Tim Kelsey – Computer Weekly, 1/7/14

June 2014

‘Criminals could breach new NHS database’ – Sunday Post, 29/6/14

Care.Data pilot to be limited to just 100 GP practices – PMLiVE, 27/6/14

NHS data governance in critical condition – Computing, 27/6/14

Plans unveiled for new data sharing regime within the NHS – Out-law, 27/6/14

BMA votes for to be explicitly opt-in – Computer Weekly, 25/6/14

Over half the public still unaware of – Pulse, 25/6/14

Parts of should be ‘opt-in’ only, says NHS England director – Pulse, 20/6/14

Tesco Clubcard founder worried about – Computer Weekly, 18/6/14

Government shared patient data with no record of recipient – Pulse, 17/6/14

HSCIC tightens controls over patient data following data lapse – Computer Weekly, 17/6/14

NHS guilty of ‘unacceptable’ lapses in sale of patient information to private sector – Daily Telegraph, 17/6/14

NHS patient data audit uncovers ‘significant lapses’ in confidentiality – Guardian, 17/6/14

NHS England defends following ‘enormous outcry’ – Health Service Journal, 9/6/14

Ignorance of care quality is ‘true scandal’ facing NHS, warns health chief – Daily Telegraph, 6/6/14

NHS must think like Google to make data project work – The Conversation, 2/6/14

Health information agency chokes data flow – Health Service Journal, 2/6/14

May 2014

Mark Walport: Government must make the case for you to share – Wired, 29/5/14 should be opt-in, say GPs – GP Online, 27/5/14

GPs vote in favour of an opt-in system for – Pulse, 23/5/14

Half of UK citizens say they do not trust NHS with personal data – Computing, 20/5/14

Care Data: the Pros  &  Care Data: the Cons – Two separate articles at “SCL – The IT Law Community”, 15/5/14

Practice opts all patients out of despite delay to roll-out – Pulse, 12/5/14

NHS patient data storm: Govt lords SLAP DOWN privacy protections – The Register, 8/5/14

Trust in the time of markets: protecting patient information – The Lancet (free registration required), 3/5/14

Three crucial safeguards for medical records proposed by leading voices on – Open Democracy, 2/5/14

Healthy scepticism – SC Magazine, 1/5/14

April 2014 doesn’t care enough about consent – BMJ, 22/4/14England’s Fiasco: Open Government Data Done Wrong – Tech President, 21/4/14

NHS information scheme ‘mishandled’ – BBC, 18/4/14 (plus recorded interview)

Open data: slow down – Guardian, 18/4/14

Pharma access to UK patient records ‘still up for debate’ – Pharma Phorum, 11/4/14

ID from medical data could spark ‘crisis’ – Times Higher Education, 10/4/14

Identifiable patient data lost on four occasions since 2009 by Government information centre – Pulse, 9/4/14

HSCIC admits to five HES data breaches – eHealth Insider, 9/4/14

NHS blunders put millions of records at risk – Daily Telegraph, 8/4/14

NHS reveals it has only spent £1.3m on to date – Computing, 7/4/14

Drugs companies buy NHS patient data, register reveals – Daily Telegraph, 3/4/14

Patient records handed out to 56 private sector organisations data controller reveals – Pulse, 3/4/14

How to fix NHS – Wired, 2/4/14 advisory group meets – eHealth Insider, 1/4/14

March 2014

NHS PR Fiasco Continues as Google Pulls Out of Secret Deal – Info Security, 27/3/14

Joe’s view of – eHealth Insider, 27/3/14

Google pulls out of secret deal to show data on NHS hospitals – The Times, 26/3/14

FoI reveals cynical logic that compromises NHS data privacy – The Conversation, 25/3/14 – where next? – Computer Weekly, 24/3/14 advisory group announced – eHealth Insider, 21/3/14 confidentiality concerns cannot be ignored, say doctors – BMA, 21/3/14 the patient’s view – Health Service Journal, 21/3/14

NHS data-sharing ‘a no-brainer’, says health chief – Guardian, 21/3/14

GPs should use public ‘trust’ to sell benefits of, says Hunt – Pulse, 19/3/14

Online tool could be used to identify public figures’ medical care, say critics – Guardian, 18/3/14

The future of hangs in the balance – Open Democracy, 17/3/14

NHS sells a billion patient records – Sunday Times, 16/3/14

Don’t upload health care data to Google cloud, UK groups say – PC World, 14/3/14

MPs agree to data-sharing safeguards – BBC, 11/3/14

Privacy campaigners team up with leading public health professor to fix Hunt’s ‘complete nonsense’ on – Open Democracy, 11/3/14

Review to probe sale of NHS medical data – Daily Telegraph, 7/3/14

Three things to save when the ship goes down – Wired, 6/3/14

Senior NHS England staff criticised for tweeting factually incorrect information – Pulse, 6/3/14

Time for some truth about who is feeding off our NHS data – The Conversation, 5/3/14 – Nature editorial, 4/3/14

Case for poorly publicised – On Medica, 4/3/14

Triple-headed NHS privacy scare after hospital data reach marketers, Google – The Register, 4/3/14

NHS hospital records used by private marketing firms – Daily Telegraph, 4/3/14

Committee to debate sharing medical data – Sheffield Star, 2/3/14 is in chaos. It breaks my heart – Guardian, 1/3/14

Cashing in on patient records to be banned: But you’ll still have to opt out to keep private details off database – Daily Mail, 1/3/14

NHS data row shows rising public unease, information chief warns – Guardian, 1/3/14

February 2014

Patients need to have control over their own information if is to work – Guardian, 28/2/14

NHS data blunders mean you can’t trust – Wired, 26/2/14

NHS data: take more care – Guardian editorial, 26/2/14

Three in four GPs believe should be ‘opt in’ – Pulse, 26/2/14 should be opt-in – Jarman – eHealth Insider 25/2/14

Health bosses ‘undermine trust’ in patient database, say MPs – Health Service Journal, 25/2/14

Medical records rules broken, NHS admits – BBC, 24/2/14

Firm linked to drug makers sought pact on access to patient records database – Guardian, 24/2/14

Why should you care about – Daily Mirror 24/2/14

47 million NHS patient records sold to accountants – Daily Mirror, 24/2/14

Hospital records of all NHS patients sold to insurers – Daily Telegraph, 23/2/14

Legal straits forced NHS delay on – ComputerWeekly, 21/2/14

The NHS plan to share our medical data can save lives – but must be done right – Guardian, 21/2/14

Opt-out of new NHS data scheme urges former Shropshire hospital boss – Shropshire Star, 20/2/14

North East doctors shun controversial plans to share medical records – The Journal, 20/2/14 How did it go so wrong? – BBC, 19/2/14

Rebel GP told contract notice over opt-outs was a ‘misunderstanding’ – Pulse, 19/2/14

Clare Gerada of NHS England on Newsnight – BBC Two, 18/2/14

Medical records share plan delayed – Evening Standard, 18/2/14

Legal action begins day before NHS patient data share is delayed – Leigh Day, 18/2/14

NHS Records Database Postponed Amid Concern – Sky News, 18/2/14

Victory for privacy as NHS Database delayed – Independent, 18/2/14

NHS in England delays sharing of medical records – Guardian, 18/2/14

Giant NHS database rollout delayed – BBC News, 18/2/14

NHS admits new medical records database could pose privacy risk – Telegraph, 17/2/14

Two-thirds oppose plans for new NHS database that will see confidential medical records sold to private firms – Daily Mail, 15/2/14

2,000 NHS patients’ records are lost every day with more than two million serious data breaches logged since the start of 2011 – Daily Mail, 15/2/14

BBC local radio interview featuring Dr Neil Bhatia and Roy Lilley (11:50 onwards) – BBC Radio Sussex, 14/2/14

Adults ‘unaware of NHS data plans’ – BBC News, 14/2/14

BBC Radio 4 PM show item on – BBC Radio 4, 14/2/14

George Mudie: Questions of confidentiality over NHS database – Yorkshire Post, 13/2/14

John Appleby: your bits in their hands – BMJ Group blogs, 13/2/14

Martin Caldwell on why he is concerned about – BMJ Group blogs, 13/2/14

GPs warn of crisis in public confidence over NHS database – Daily Mail, 13/2/14

House of Commons Written Answers – Medical Records: Data Protection – Hansard, 12/2/14

GP leaders demand action over – PharmaTimes, 12/2/14

NHS database faces ‘crisis of public confidence’, GP body warns – Guardian, 12/2/14

‘Crisis of confidence’ in NHS database, warn GPs – Telegraph, 12/2/14

RCGP voices concerns about – RCGP press release, 12/2/14

MPs voice concerns over in Parliamentary debate – Computing News, 11/2/14

ICO blog: NHS patient information: the Information Centre and the DPA – Information Commissioner’s Office blog, 11/2/14

Revealed: Big Pharma’s hidden links to NHS policy, with senior MPs saying medical industry uses ‘wealth to influence government’ – Independent, 11/2/14

NHS bosses accused of ‘climate of fear’ over – Telegraph, 10/2/14

Public face of Health and Social Care Information Centre to depart – Guardian, 10/2/14

When is an opt-out not an opt-out? When it’s a opt-out – Computing News, 10/2/14

Ignore NHS snoops | Nick Ferrari – Sunday Express, 9/2/14

‘Big Brother’ database will grab children’s health records but parents are being kept in the dark – Mail on Sunday, 9/2/14

Data-sharing: “some GPs are opting-out entire practices” – PharmaTimes, 8/2/14

Insurers ‘could use new NHS database to track you down within two hours’ – Daily Mail, 8/2/14

GP vows to take battle with the NHS through the courts – Oxford Mail, 8/2/14 will allow police access to patient records without informing GPs – Pulse Today, 7/2/14

A simple guide to – Wired UK, 7/2/14

Re-identifying illegal – E-Health Insider, 7/2/14

Download a opt-out form for your patients – Pulse Today, 7/2/14 [Copy of trifold]

Medical info in CARE.DATA not ‘properly anonymised’ – ITV News, 7/2/14

DAILY MAIL COMMENT: Big Brother’s grab for your health secrets – Daily Mail, 7/2/14

NHS bosses are bullying GPs into sharing their patients’ data, say MPs: Scheme described as a ‘frankly disgraceful’ treatment of patient confidentiality – Daily Mail, 7/2/14

The Debate Over NHS Pseudonymized Patient Data Grows – Infosecurity magazine, 6/2/14

NHS will be dependent on EHRs – Hunt – E-Health Insider, 6/2/14 [“Hunt said that when information is linked with the sequencing of human genomes…”]

Police will have ‘backdoor’ access to health records despite opt-out, says MP – Guardian, 6/2/14

Notice on Dr Gordon Gancz’ practice website – King Edward Street Surgery

I won’t give in to the NHS Thought Police who want to sell your private medical records: GP threatened by health chiefs hits back – Daily Mail, 6/2/14

Pseudonymised health data will not be able to be traced back to individuals under care data scheme, says official – OutLaw, 5/2/14

GPs revolt on patient records: Growing anger at NHS plan to harvest private data – Daily Mail, 5/2/14

NHS ‘bullies’ threaten to axe GP for keeping his patients’ records private – Daily Mail, 5/2/14 and the murky US partnership that puts your health data at risk – Wired UK, 4/2/14

NHS admits it should have been clearer over medical records-sharing scheme – Guardian, 4/2/14

NHS England ‘not clear enough’ to patients about opt-out – British Computer Society, 4/2/14

House of Commons Written Answers – Medical Records: Databases – Hansard (via TheyWorkForYou), 4/2/14

Giant patient records database ‘should be delayed’ – BBC News, 4/2/14

NHS admits it should have been clearer over medical records-sharing scheme – Guardian, 4/2/14

‘Maybe we haven’t been clear enough about med records opt-out’, admits NHS data boss – The Register, 4/2/14

[Archive: unlawful access by authorised user] No action against doc who accessed ECS – E-Health Insider, 15/1/10

[Archive: Harm & distress] New leaked data fiasco – Channel 4 News, 10/1/08

[Archive: Harm & distress] Whistleblower who was excluded from work for five years wins apology – BMJ, 12/1/08

[Archive: Harm & distress] The woman falsely labelled alcoholic by the NHS – Guardian, 2/11/06

Untrue claims by NHS IT chief – Light Blue Touchpaper, 4/2/14

BBC Radio 4 Today programme – NHS ‘very good at preserving privacy’ – BBC Radio 4, 4/2/14

Giving away your data: from Galton and Google to – Guardian, 3/2/14

What price our NHS medical records? – Observer Letters, 2/2/14

January 2014

GP survey reveals extent of ignorance among patients and staff – Pulse Today, 31/1/14

Give the gift of life by donating your medical records – New Scientist, 31/1/14

Opting out of is not the answer – openDemocracy, 31/1/14 interviews on BBC Radio Cambridgeshire – BBC Radio Cambridgeshire, 29/1/14

Patients may lose trust in NHS if scheme goes ahead, admits NHS England risk analysis – Pulse Today, 28/1/14

‘Going Underground’ interview ( item begins at 00:16:00) – Russia Today TV, 27/1/14

Why your health secrets may no longer be safe with your GP – Observer, 26/1/14

Four in 10 GPs to opt out of NHS database – Telegraph, 24/1/14

40 per cent of GPs plan to opt out of the NHS big data sweep, due to a lack of confidence in the project – Independent, 24/1/14

Over 40% of GPs intend to opt themselves out of scheme – Pulse, 24/1/14

Sleepwalking into an information grab by private health – openDemocracy, 23/1/14

MP tables motion to halt rollout as 2,400 patients call helpline– Pulse, 22/1/14

NHS already handing out private data on thousands of patients: Details given to universities, hospitals and watchdogs without checking for consent – Daily Mail, 21/1/14

Dont mislead us about our NHS medical records – Telegraph, 20/1/14

EU proposals could outlaw giant NHS database – Telegraph, 20/1/14

Why you should be angry about changes to NHS patient data policy – Guardian, 20/1/14

Patients will be identifiable when firms are given access to confidential NHS data, experts warn – Independent, 20/1/14

NHS patient data to be made available for sale to drug and insurance companies – Guardian, 19/1/14

Independent experts overseeing have approved 31 releases of identifiable patient data since April – Pulse, 17/1/14

Experts overseeing have been approving releases of identifiable patient data – ComputerWorld UK, 17/1/14 business case needs approval – EHI, 17/1/14

Should GPs fear sharing NHS data? – GP, 17/1/14

Power to the people – Nature, 15/1/14

Making a choice on the data sharing of medical records – Government Computing, 13/1/14

Patients urge caution over GP data sharing – GP, 13/1/14

Health records of every NHS patient to be shared in vast database – Telegraph, 10/1/14

GPs held responsible for patient complaints over NHS data-sharing project, says ICO – Pulse, 10/1/14

Concerns Heightened About Opt-Out Central Database For UK Patients Health Data – Infosecurity, 9/1/14 campaign leaflet slammed – EHI, 7/1/14

NHS carelessly slings out plans to 26.5 million Brits – The Register, 6/1/14

NHS Englands wholly inadequate leaflet drop – Big Brother Watch, 6/1/14

Your life in their hands: is the NHS database a healthy step or a gross invasion of patient privacy? – Independent, 6/1/14

GP rebellion over plan to share millions of patients data – Mail on Sunday, 5/1/14

GPs urged to proactively support NHS data-sharing publicity campaign starting next week – Pulse, 2/1/14


December 2013

By the way… Your medical notes aren’t private now – Daily Mail, 10/12/13

Biggest risk to scheme is potential loss of GP confidence in benefits of scheme – Pulse, 3/12/13

GP extract to starts in March – EHI, 2/12/13

November 2013

Patient confidentiality in a time of – BMJ, 27/11/13

Fears grow over open access to patient records – Observer, 24/11/13

What does the NHSs new IT plan really want to extract from us? – The Register, 21/11/13

Second GP decides to opt all patients out of records extraction as rebellion grows – Pulse, 19/11/13

Why I’m opting patients out of the scheme – Pulse, 12/11/13

GP takes unlawful decision to opt patients out of programme – Pulse, 12/11/13

College GP challenges government proposals – The Oxford Student, 7/11/13

GP: Why does the NHS need to obtain so much data from patients? – Computing, 7/11/13 the creep begins – medConfidential, 3/11/13

October 2013

Big data = big deal – Pulse, 23/10/13

SCR opt-out does not apply to – EHI, 22/10/13 campaign – not off to a flyer – Commissioning GP, 21/10/13

GPs should use repeat prescriptions to inform patients about, says new guidance – Pulse, 21/10/13

NHS climbdown over big brother database – Daily Mail, 19/10/13

Anger over medical records sold to private firms – ThisIsDerbyshire, 17/10/13

Big data: unthinking, ignorant and callous – HSJ, 17/10/13

NHS preps spammy mailshots advertising BIGGEST medical data grab in HISTORY – The Register, 16/10/13

£1m national leaflet drop on – EHI, 16/10/13

NHS England bows to confidentiality concerns and launches £2m national publicity campaign on – Pulse, 16/10/13 project to collate all NHS patients records – Independent, 16/10/13

UK push to open up patients data – Nature, 15/10/13 the latest threat to patient privacy? – Computing, 14/10/13

We’ve not had the time to inform patients about this – Oxford Mail, 9/10/13

Essex GP demands more time to warn patients about data extraction – GP, 8/10/13

Medical records may be shared around – Biggleswade Chronicle, 4/10/13 extractions on hold – EHI, 4/10/13

Eight weeks to inform patients their data is going to be harvested, GPs warned – Pulse, 4/10/13

Campaigners claim GPs could face £500k fines over data protection – GP, 3/10/13

2020health calls for to be postponed and replaced by an opt-in system – 2020Health, 3/10/13

NHS data extraction programme poses enormous threat to privacy – Pulse, 1/10/13

Wirral Euro MP warns of NHS data grab – Wirral Globe, 1/10/13

September 2013

GPs unable to object to patient data being shared, warns GPC – Pulse, 26/9/13 publicity not adequate – EHI, 24/9/13

GPs threaten to boycott Big Brother NHS database which would force them to send confidential patient records to private firms – Daily Mail, 21/9/13

GP leaders consider boycott of NHS Englands data extraction programme – Pulse, 19/9/13

Hunt’s paperless, data-pimping NHS plan gets another £240m – The Register, 5/9/13

Hunt announces new push to create database of NHS patients records – Guardian, 4/9/13

August 2013

Kelsey Uncut: Tweet’n’delete – HSJ, 29/8/13

Anger in East Lancashire over plans to sell patient data – Lancashire Telegraph, 23/8/13

Your confidential medical records for sale… at just £1 – Daily Mail, 18/8/13

Jeremy Hunt plans sale of confidential patient medical records to private firms – Telegraph, 18/8/13

NHS managers rule out publicity campaign for controversial data extract programme – Pulse, 15/8/13

GP group does campaign – EHI, 2/8/13

May 2013

NHS England to begin extracting data from GP records – Pulse, 29/5/13

Database of patient information takes first steps – Telegraph, 29/5/13

£140 could buy private firms data on NHS patients – Guardian, 17/5/13

April 2013

U-turn over NHS database opt-out: Victory for privacy campaign as Hunt backs down – Daily Mail, 26/4/13

Hunt on NHS data sharing: Obviously we HAVE TO let people opt out – The Register, 26/4/13

February 2013

GPC calls for publicity campaign over ‘fundamental change’ in use of patient data – Pulse, 20/2/2013

NHS data bank plan condemned over privacy fears – Times, 2/2/13

Privacy fears as GPs compelled to share patient information – Evening Standard, 2/2/13

NHS patient confidentiality at risk from central database records – Guardian, 2/2/13

Big brother to log your drinking habits and waist size as GPs are forced to hand over confidential records – Daily Mail, 1/2/13


Millions of patients data to sold off for research after Cameron announces radical plan to change NHS constitution – Daily Mail, 2/8/12


Concerns over plan to boost pharma by releasing NHS data – The Register, 12/12/11