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National data opt-out

The national data opt-out is a service that allows patients to opt out of their confidential patient information being used for research and planning.

The national data opt-out was introduced on 25 May 2018, enabling patients to opt out from the use of their data for research or planning purposes, in line with the recommendations of the National Data Guardian in her Review of Data Security, Consent and Opt-Outs

Patients can view or change their national data opt-out choice at any time by using the online service at or by calling 0300 3035678.

By 2021 all health and care organisations are required to be compliant with the national data opt-out policy. NHS Digital and Public Health England are already compliant and are applying national data opt-outs. 

Further information

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    Compliance with the national data opt-out

    The deadline for health and care organisations to comply with national data opt-out policy is currently the end of March 2021. It has been extended to enable health and care organisations to focus their resources on the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. Find out what you need to do.

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    Guidance for health and care staff

    Guidance and information for health and care staff about the national data opt-out, including GP practice, nursing, midwifery, care, voluntary and helpline staff.

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    Information for GP practices

    What GP practices need to do to comply with the national data opt-out policy, and provide your patients with appropriate information.

Last edited: 16 September 2020 1:50 pm