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What About YOUth? Survey: GDPR information


Why and how we process your data in the What About YOUth? Survey and your rights.

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

The What About YOUth? Survey records local authority level data on a range of behaviours amongst 15 year olds. It is processed to monitor and improve the management of health and care services.

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

See the data release register for more details.

Is data transferred outside the UK? No
How long the data is kept 3 years minimum after 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?

Yes - Via designated mailbox

Is the data subject to decisions made solely by computers? (automated decision making) No
Where does this data come from? Data subject, Department for Education (DfE) National Pupil Database (NPD), Local Authorities (LA)
The legal basis for collecting this data

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

Where we use this data


Health Surveys Service

We have the expertise and experience of running and commissioning complex national health surveys on behalf of government departments and public bodies.


What About Youth study

Find out more about the What About Youth (WAY) study, which was launched as part of a government pledge to make improvements to the health of young people.