20.03.2020 - Statement by the Information Commissioner's Office :
We all share the same concerns about the spread of the COVID-19 virus. The need for public bodies and health practitioners to be able to communicate directly with people when dealing with this type of health emergency has never been greater.
Data protection and electronic communication laws do not stop Government, the NHS or any other health professionals from sending public health messages to people, either by phone, text or email as these messages are not direct marketing. Nor does it stop them using the latest technology to facilitate safe and speedy consultations and diagnoses. Public bodies may require additional collection and sharing of personal data to protect against serious threats to public health.
The ICO is a reasonable and pragmatic regulator, one that does not operate in isolation from matters of serious public concern. Regarding compliance with data protection, we will take into account the compelling public interest in the current health emergency.
The safety and security of the public remains our primary concern. The ICO and our colleagues in the public sector have this at the forefront of our minds at this time. We are here to help our colleagues on the frontline. We can offer advice to make sure the law around data protection and direct marketing is clear.
View Data Protection and COVID-19 Privacy notice
From the 1st January 2021 all references to the GDPR, should be understood as referencing the 'UK GDPR'.
The GDPR May 2018
We and this website complies with the GDPR (General Data Protection Regulation).
Breckland Council is the registered Data Controller.
Our contact details are:
- by phone on 01362 656870
- via email to email@example.com
- by post to: Data Protection Officer, Breckland Council, Elizabeth House, Walpole Loke, Dereham, NR19 1EE
The council is registered as a data controller with the Information Commissioners Office (ICO). Our registration number is Z5386405.
Last updated: 20/06/2023 14:01:54