Thousands of GPs risk breaching data protection laws in new vaccine data system

04 March 2019 – Digital Health

The British Medical Association is warning that over 3,000 GPs are at risk of breaching data protection laws if they sign up to a new way of sharing childhood vaccination data.

The new extraction system, which shares immunisation data between GP systems and the Child Health Information Service (CHIS), could share more data than the law allows.

The new system uses a process that copies, transfers and stores the whole GP database, rather than the minimal data required to update vaccinations data.

Under the principle of data minimisation a system is only required to hold the minimum amount of personal information to complete the task it was designed for.

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