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Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) enhanced dataset: GDPR information


Why and how we process your data in the Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) enhanced dataset and your rights.

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

Collection of data on women and girls who have had Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) or are at risk of it. This is to improve how the NHS supports them and plan the local NHS and other services needed now and in the future.

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


Is data transferred outside the UK? No
How long the data is kept 8 years minimum from no longer required
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? NHS Trusts and General Practices (GP) via Clinical Audit Platform (CAP).
The legal basis for collecting this data

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

Where NHS Digital uses this data


Female Genital Mutilation Datasets

The Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) Enhanced Dataset supports the Department of Health's FGM Prevention Programme by presenting a national picture of the prevalence of FGM in England.