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Looking after information

Data security and information governance to keep health and care information safe and share it securely.

How we look after information

We take our responsibility for looking after care information very seriously. We follow legal rules, guidance and practices known as Data security and information governance for our data collections and IT Infrastructure Systems.

Read more about how NHS Digital makes sure your information is safe.

Data security and information governance

NHS Digital offers guidance on looking after information and data. This guidance helps health and care organisations meet the standards required to handle information and data securely.

Data and cyber security: protecting information and data in health and care

Our Data Security Centre supports health and care to keep patient information and computer systems safe

Information Governance Alliance (IGA)

The authoritative source of advice and guidance about the rules on using and sharing information in health and care.

Codes of practice for handling information in health and care

What health and care organisations must do to look after information properly, covering confidentiality, information security management and NHS records management.

IG Statement of Compliance

IG requirements for organisations accessing NHS digital services including N3.

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Your personal information choices

We collect information from the records health and social care providers keep about the care and treatment they give.

We can only provide access to identifiable information if it will be used to promote health or support improvements in the delivery of care services in England or the government decides it's an emergency or in the public interest.

If you do not want your information to be used for any purpose beyond providing your care you can choose to opt-out by informing your GP.

Find out more about your choices

Have a question? Call us on 0300 303 5678 or contact enquiries@nhsdigital.nhs.uk.

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