The national data opt-out gives everyone the ability to stop health and adult social care organisations from sharing their confidential patient information for reasons other than providing their individual care and treatment. It was introduced on 25 May 2018 in line with the National Data Guardian’s recommendations but it did not apply to social care. However, this is about to change.
However, this is about to change. All CQC registered adult social care providers in England must be compliant with this policy by 31 July 2022.
The Information Commissioner’s Office is the regulator for personal data and data protection legislation in England. If you fail to comply with the national data opt-out this could be a breach of your obligations to process data fairly and transparently.
More information can be found on: National Data Opt-Out – Digital Social Care