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Data Protection & Information Governance

GDPR

The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) is a new law that determines how your personal data is processed and kept safe, and the legal rights that you have in relation to your own data. 

Please take a look at our flyer by clicking here for more information.

Please also take a look at how we use your medical records

Privacy Notices

Please click here to view our NHS health check privacy notice. 

Generic GDPR Privacy Notice


Information Governance

Information Governance and Data Security Policy


The security of e-mail

 

There are a number of potential risks when using e-mail of which users should be aware. This is a non-technical (and very simplified) explanation of some of the confidentiality risks which exist.

 

Issues with e-mail

When you send an e-mail message, the message is sent in clear text, so anyone can read the content.

It is unlikely that the message you send will go straight to the computer from where it will be read. The message will be sent to a computer nearer to its final destination like a sequence of post boxes. Each time the e-mail goes through a post box, a copy remains in the post box. Because of the way the internet works, it is impossible to know how many post boxes the e- mail will go through on its journey. See figure 1.

In figure 1, the message remains in post boxes (1) and (2) until the owners of those post boxes delete the message, even if the sender and receiver delete the message. So anyone who gains access to the post box has access to your e-mail message.



 
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