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Approved authentication tokens privacy notice and terms and conditions for NHS Identity and Care Information Service (CIS) users

These terms and conditions cover all access to the NHS Care Records Service applications.

Privacy notice

Version 2.3 – published 8 July 2020

The following terms have the following meanings in this privacy notice:

  • “Authorised Devices(1) ” means an alternative to smartcards, a device as approved by FIDO 2 Consortium that provides Assured Level 3 Authentication.
  • “Authentication Token” means Physical Smartcards, Virtual Smartcards, Authorised Devices and iPad Devices which enable healthcare professionals to access clinical and personal information appropriate to their role and the type of Authentication Token.
  • “iPad Device” means a tablet computer developed by Apple.
  • “Physical Smartcards” means an approved physical card. Physical Smartcards are supplied by the authorised supplier(s) of cards to NHS Digital and are similar to chip and PIN bank cards. 
  • "Registration Authority (RA)” means NHS Digital as the single national Registration Authority and all other organisations that provide local Registration Authority services on a delegated authority basis from NHS Digital. 
  • “Virtual Smartcards” means a solution approved for use by NHS Digital that provides access functionality, but the card itself may be stored on a device.

1. These additional authentication methods must meet the National Institute of Systems and Technology (NIST SP800 – 63 Digital Identity Guidelines, available at https://pages.nist.gov/800-63-3/ ), this describes the cryptographic strength of authentication methods that is required to access sensitive information.  In addition, devices and authentication methods need to meet FIDO 2 standards for how devices utilise the required cryptography (available at https://fidoalliance.org/) and must be accredited by the FIDO alliance.

1. Who we are

NHS Digital was set up by the Department of Health and Social Care in April 2013 and is an executive non-departmental public body that provides national information, data and IT systems for health and care services. We exist to help patients, clinicians, commissioners, analysts and researchers. Our goal is to improve health and social care in England by making better use of technology, data and information.

NHS Digital is the single national RA (as per public key infrastructure (PKI) terms), local RA’s are organisations that run Registration Authority services on a delegated authority basis from NHS Digital.  

Find out more about NHS Digital.

Local RAs are organisations (that are usually part of the NHS and with a remit beyond running RA services), that carry out the identity checks of applicants to create their national verified digital identity and assign access permissions as approved by the employing organisation’s policy. Find your local RA

Every RA that must adhere to the NHS RA Policy at all times. You can find the current NHS RA Policy on our website. The NRA RA Policy is subject to revision from time to time.

Mentions of "us" and "we" mean NHS Digital and all local RAs and "you" means anyone using the NHS Care Records Service.

This privacy notice details the personal data processed in relation to NHS Identity and CIS.  In relation to this processing NHS Digital and local RAs are joint controllers (alongside the Secretary of State as detailed below). 

Both NHS Digital and local RAs may also process data about you in connection with provision of other services, you can find details about these on NHS Digital’s and local RAs’ websites.

2. What personal information we collect about you and why

We provide NHS Identity and the Care Information Service (CIS). 

We will collect your personal data, some of which you provide in your application to this service, some of which is collected by cookies when you access NHS Care Records Service applications and some of which we generate. 

The personal data we collect from you or your access is: title, names, date of birth, one or more ID evidence document numbers and date of issue, address identification evidence source and date of issue, photo image.

The personal data we generate is the access profile(s) assigned to you by your local RA, based upon your role and responsibilities and as approved by your employing organisation’s policy. 

We collect this personal data from you to enable you to use the NHS Identity and CIS service to prove your identity and be issued with an Authentication Token. This will allow you to access NHS Care Records Service with appropriate role-based access to systems and data. 

NHS Care Records Service applications include the following:  EPS, GP to GP, GPES, GPITF, NHS e-RS, SCR, SUS+, Spine CIS, Spine NHS Identity. These are available on our Services page

Collecting this information also allows us to manage our service, so that we can:

  • manage and improve the service
  • provide data in support of the service

3. Our legal basis for using your information

NHS Digital is directed by the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, under powers conferred by the Health and Social Care Act 2012 and regulation 32 of the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (Constitution and Functions) and the Health and Social Care Information Centre (Functions) Regulations 2013. 

The relevant directions are “the Health and Social Care Information Centre (Spine Services) (No.2) Directions 2014”, and the “Novation of Information and Technology Contracts from DH to NHS Digital: “Electronic Prescription Service, Health and Social Care Network, N3, NHS Choices, NHS e-Referral Service, Secondary Uses Service (SUS), Spine (Named Programmes) Directions 2016”

As NHS Digital processes personal data under the legal direction from the Secretary of State, then the organisations are joint controllers for data protection purposes.  Acting under NHS Digital’s delegated authority local RAs are also joint controllers with NHS Digital. The legal bases under the Data Protection Act 2018 / General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) for the processing is explained here.

RA processing of personal data:

GDPR Article 6(1)(c) – the ‘processing is necessary for compliance with a legal obligation to which the controller is subject’

RA processing of special category data (sensitive personal data).

GDPR Article 9(2) (h) – ‘processing is necessary for the purposes of preventive or occupational medicine, for the assessment of the working capacity of the employee, medical diagnosis, the provision of health or social care or treatment or the management of health or social care systems and services’.

Data Protection Act 2018, schedule 1, part 1, paragraph 2, sub paragraph (2), sub paragraph (f) – ‘the management of health care systems or services or social care systems or services’.

Secretary of State processing of personal data:

GDPR Article (6)(1)(e) – ‘processing is necessary for the performance of a task carried out in the public interest or in the exercise of official authority vested in the controller’.

We only collect, use and share your information when we have an appropriate legal basis to do so.

4. How we process your personal information

This data will be processed:

  • by local RA’s will for the purposes of validating your identity, managing your Authentication Token and ensuring that you are given appropriate access to NHS Care Records Service applications, or applications that utilise the NHS Care Records Service authentication
  • by NHS Digital to record your use of the NHS Care Records Service applications
  • by NHS Digital for disclosure and auditing of access to systems as part of our commitment to patients within the Care Record Guarantee, such as to the Summary Care Record (SCR) and in accordance with any complaint, investigation or as required by appropriate legislation

5. Sharing your information

Local RA’s will exchange details with your employing organisation about your access profile (i.e. what systems you have access to) in order to provide the RA service.  

How your employing organisation uses your personal data will be detailed in their own privacy notice.  You should read this so that you are clear on how your personal information is managed. 

If you use some Authorised Devices and iPad Devices the suppliers of these devices will register (or de-register) you as a user in their system, acting as a processor for NHS Digital. In order to do this we will share the UUID, First Name, Last Name and work email address that you have already provided to us as part of the basic user registration process you underwent to establish an NHS nationally verified digital identity.

In addition, such suppliers may also collect and process personal data about your usage, acting as independent controllers. How such suppliers use your personal data will be detailed in their own privacy notice, no personal data is shared back to us. You should read this privacy policy so that you are clear on how your personal data is managed.  

If you use Virtual Smartcards:

Entrust: The RA will register (or de-register) you as a user in Entrust’s Cloud-based Multi-Factor Authentication platform Intellitrust, with Entrust acting as a processor for NHS Digital. In order to do this we will share the UUID, First Name, Last Name and work email address that you have already provided to us as part of the basic user registration process you underwent to establish an NHS nationally verified digital identity.  

To form the basis for the virtual smartcard, you must download and register the Entrust Datacard IdentityGuard Mobile Smart Credential (Entrust App) on your smartphone. Then Entrust’s ‘Intellitrust‘ platform downloads a certificate onto your smartphone which completes the process. The Entrust App itself does not collect, use, save, or have access to any of your personal information when you download or use it. 

We may need to share your personal data if we are required to do so by law.

6. How we protect your personal information

We take the security of your personal information very seriously. We have set up security measures, policies and procedures to make sure your personal information is protected.

We protect your personal information by:

  • training staff to understand data and security protection
  • ensuring security and confidentiality policies are in place for our staff who have access to personal information
  • monitoring our service
  • following good practice guidance provided by the National Cyber Security Centre
  • using legally binding agreements with all organisations that we appoint to process your personal information

7. How long and where we store your personal information

We store your personal information for as long as is reasonably necessary and legally justifiable. The length of time we store your information for will depend on legal, regulatory or technical requirements. In any event, we follow the Records Management Code of Practice for Health and Social Care (2016). The retention periods are explained here.

Your data will:

  • be held throughout your time as an active user and will be retained for up to 40 years after your Authentication Token user profile has been closed, at which point it will be subject to review
  • not be transferred out of the European Economic Area
  • not be used for any automated decision making

8. Your rights

You have the right to access your data. As an active Authentication Token holder, you can view your data in My Profile within NHS Identity and CIS. If you can no longer access NHS Identity and CIS for any reason, please contact your local RA. Once you are no longer working in healthcare, you can make a subject access request to NHS Digital (see contact details below).

You have the right to rectify inaccuracies in your data. You should update your own contact details within My Profile in NHS Identity and CIS. In case of difficulties, if your personal details have changed or you need to make other amendments please contact your local RA.

You have the right to complain (see the contact details below).

You do not have the right to erase your data, object to it being recorded, transport it elsewhere, withdraw consent to its capture or use, or restrict its processing. This is because the capture and processing of this data is necessary for a statutory requirement and the provision of the service. NHS Digital is also legally bound to record this data. Once you leave health and social care, your local RA will close your user profile. This may be reopened if you return to working within health and social care. 

9. Contacts

For all operational enquiries, including Authentication Token and access assignment, always contact your local RA

Find out how NHS Digital looks after your information.

To ask any question or make a complaint about how your data is used, you can contact NHS Digital on 0300 303 5678 (9am to 5pm Monday to Friday excluding bank holidays) or email enquiries@nhsdigital.nhs.uk.

You can also write to:

Data Protection Officer
NHS Digital
1 Trevelyan Square
Boar Lane
Leeds
LS1 6AE

If you have concerns or complaints about our information rights practices, you can report them to the Information Commissioner’s Office on 0303 123 1133 (9am to 5pm Monday to Friday excluding bank holidays) or use live chat.

You can also write to:

Information Commissioner’s Office
Wycliffe House
Water Lane
Wilmslow
Cheshire
SK9 5AF

10. Changes to our privacy notice

Our privacy notice may change. We will inform you through your NHS Identity / CIS account if we make any material changes to our privacy notice, and will also send an email notification to all RA managers.

 

 

Terms and conditions

Version 2.3 – Published 8 July 2020

These terms and conditions cover your use of NHS Identity and the Care information Service (CIS).  Terms applicable to the use of the website on which these terms are hosted are available

The following terms have the following meanings in these terms and conditions:

  • “Authorised Devices(1) ” means an alternative to smartcards, a device as approved by FIDO 2 Consortium that provides Assured Level 3 Authentication.
  • “Authentication Token” means Physical Smartcards, Virtual Smartcards, Authorised Devices and iPad Devices which enable healthcare professionals to access clinical and personal information appropriate to their role and the type of Identity Solution.
  • "iPad Device” means a tablet computer developed by Apple.
  • “Physical Smartcards” means an approved physical card. Physical Smartcards are supplied by the authorised supplier(s) of cards to NHS Digital and are similar to chip and PIN bank cards.
  • “Registration Authority (RA)” means NHS Digital as the single national Registration Authority and all other organisations that provide local Registration Authority services on a delegated authority basis from NHS Digital.
  • “Virtual Smartcards” means a solution that provides access functionality, but the card itself may be stored on a device, approved for use by NHS Digital and or its partners.

NHS Digital is the single national RA (as per public key infrastructure (PKI) terms), local RA’s are organisations that run Registration Authority services on a delegated authority basis from NHS Digital.  

Find out more about NHS Digital.

Local RAs are organisations (that are usually part of the NHS and with a remit beyond running RA services), that carry out the identity checks of applicants to create their national verified digital identity and assign access permissions as approved by the employing organisation’s policy. Find your local RA

Every RA that must adhere to the NHS RA Policy at all times. You can find the current NHS RA Policy on our website. The NRA RA Policy is subject to revision from time to time.

These terms and conditions are between you and all Registration Authorities who provide Registration Authority services to you.  

Mentions of "us" and "we" mean NHS Digital and all local RAs and "you" means anyone using the NHS Care Records Service.

By clicking on the ‘Accept Terms and Conditions’ button at the bottom of this declaration, you the applicant confirm the following: 

  1. You understand and accept that your personal data will be used by us as described in the privacy notice for users of NHS Identity and CIS. Each user must have their identity assured and verified to the relevant standard applicable at the time of registration.  This is currently Good Practice Guide GPG45 (or recognised successor) on the identity proofing and verification of an individual to a minimum of Level 3. Read the Government publication.
  2. You confirm that the information which you provide in the process of your application is accurate. You agree to notify your local Registration Authority immediately of any changes to this information.
  3. You understand and accept that the Authentication Token, (with the exception of personal devices) issued to you is the property of / licensed to the health and social care bodies providing it to you, and you agree to use it only in the normal course of your employment or contract arrangement.
  4. You agree that you will check the operation of your Authentication Token promptly after you receive it. This will ensure that you have been granted the correct access profiles. You also agree to notify your local Registration Authority promptly if you become aware of any problem with your Authentication Token or your access profiles.
  5. You understand that the suppliers of some Virtual Smartcards, Authorised Devices, and iPad Devices may process personal data about you as an independent Controller, and may have applicable privacy policies and terms and conditions. You will be presented with these as part of download/registration and are responsible for reviewing and abiding by these.
  6. You agree that you will keep your Authentication Token private and secure and that you will not permit anybody else to use it or to establish any session with the NHS Care Records Service applications. You will not share your Passcode with any other user. You will not write your Passcode down, nor use any kind of electronic storage (media or otherwise) to store it, for example by using a programmable function key on a keyboard. You will take all reasonable steps to ensure that you always leave your workstation secure when you are not using it by removing your physical Smartcard, ensuring your virtual Smartcard has disconnected or locking your Authorised Device or iPad Device. If you lose your Smartcard, Authorised Device or iPad Device or if you suspect that your Authentication Token has been stolen or used by a third party, you will report this to your local Registration Authority as soon as possible.
  7. You agree that you will only access the NHS Care Records Service application by using an Authentication Token approved by NHS Digital. You agree that your use of the Authentication Token, the NHS Care Records Service applications and all patient data shall be in accordance with the NHS Confidentiality Code of Practice and (where applicable) in accordance with your contract of employment or contract of provision for service (whichever is appropriate) and with any instructions relating to the NHS Care Records Service applications which are notified to you.
  8. You agree not to maliciously alter, neutralise, circumvent, tamper with or manipulate your Authentication Token, NHS Care Records Service applications components or any access profiles given to you.
  9. You agree not to deliberately corrupt, invalidate, deface, damage or otherwise misuse any NHS Care Records Service applications or information stored by them. This includes, but is not limited to, the introduction of computer viruses or other malicious software that may cause disruption to the services or breaches in confidentiality.
  10. You acknowledge that your access may be audited. You understand and accept that your Authentication Token may be revoked, or your access profiles changed at any time without notice if you breach this Agreement; if you breach any guidance or instructions notified to you for the use of the NHS Care Records Service applications or if such revocation or change is necessary as a security precaution. You also understand and accept that if you breach this Agreement this may be brought to the attention of your employer (or governing body in relation to independent contractors) who may then take appropriate action (including disciplinary proceedings and/or criminal prosecution).
  11. You understand and accept that the Registration Authority’s sole responsibility is for the administration of access profiles and the issue of Authentication Token for the NHS Care Records Service applications. The Registration Authority is not responsible for the availability of the NHS Care Records Service applications or applications which use NHS Care Records Service authentication or the accuracy of any patient data.
  12. You understand and accept that you, or your employer, shall notify your local Registration Authority at any time should either wish to terminate this Agreement and to have your Authentication Token revoked e.g. on cessation of your employment or contractual arrangement with health care organisations or other relevant change in your job role.
  13. You understand and accept that we may unilaterally change these terms and conditions from time to time, and unless otherwise stated these will be effective from publication. The latest version of these terms and conditions are available. We will inform you through your NHS Identity / CIS account if we make any material changes to these terms and conditions, and will also send an email notification to all RA managers.
  14. You understand and accept that these terms and conditions form a binding Agreement between yourself and all Registration Authorities who provide Registration Authority services to you.  Non-compliance may also be treated as a disciplinary matter by your employer.
  15. You understand and accept that this Agreement is governed by English law and that the English courts shall settle any dispute under this Agreement.

1. These additional authentication methods must meet the National Institute of Systems and Technology (NIST SP800 – 63 Digital Identity Guidelines, available at https://pages.nist.gov/800-63-3/ ), this describes the cryptographic strength of authentication methods that is required to access sensitive information.  In addition, devices and authentication methods need to meet FIDO 2 standards for how devices utilise the required cryptography (available at https://fidoalliance.org/) and must be accredited by the FIDO alliance.

Last edited: 8 July 2020 6:11 pm