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Birth notifications: GDPR information


Why and how we process your data in the Birth notifications system, and your rights.

Controller NHS Digital
How we use the information (processing activities)

Data is collected to help allocate NHS numbers to newborns in England and Wales. Data will also be analysed to improve health and social care.

Does this contain sensitive (special category) data such as health information? Yes
Who are recipients of this data?

NHS Digital, External users as permitted through data sharing agreements (DSA) via the Data Access Request Service (DARS) General Register Office, Local Registries (under s261 Health and Social Care Act 2012), Office for National Statistics (ONS) (under s251 NHS Act 2006)

Is data transferred outside the UK? No
How long the data is kept 30 years from initial creation
Our lawful basis for holding this data Legal obligation
Your rights
  • Tick Be informed
  • Tick Get access to it
  • Tick Rectify or change it
  • Cross Erase or remove it
  • Tick Restrict or stop processing it
  • Cross Move, copy or transfer it
  • Cross Object to it being processed or used
  • Cross Know if a decision was made by a computer rather than a person
How can you withdraw your consent?

Consent not the basis for processing

Is the data subject to decisions made solely by computers? (automated decision making) No
Where does this data come from? Maternity service providers
The legal basis for collecting this data

Legal obligation (Direction) and management of health and social care systems