Special category data?
Throughout the course of our sessions, I may collect special category data. This is personal data, which the GDPR says is more sensitive and requires more protection. Special category data that I may collect includes: health, religion, ethnic origin, race, sexual orientation, sex life. I will only collect this information where it is relevant to the therapy and presenting issue.
The lawful basis and condition for processing special category data is set out in the table below:
Lawful basis Condition
Contract For the provision of healthcare
What are your rights?
Under the General Data Protection Regulations which are effective from 25th May 2018 you have the following rights:
•the right to be informed:
This is the purpose of this privacy notice.
•the right of access:
If you wish to see personal data that I hold about you then please submit a request to me and I will provide you with the data within 1 calendar month of your request.
•the right to rectification:
This is your right to request changes to any information I hold that is factually inaccurate. If you believe any of the information I hold on you is incorrect then please let me know as soon as possible and I will review your request and respond within 1 calendar month.
•the right to erasure:
Given the nature of our work I am required to hold your details for a period of 8 years from the date of your last session; or if you are age 16 at cessation of treatment I am required to hold your details until your 25th birthday; or if you are age 17 at the cessation of treatment I am required to hold your records until your 26th birthday. After this time your information will be securely destroyed.
•the right to restrict processing:
I will only use the information for the purposes that I have stated above. I uphold the common law principles of confidentiality where the duty to keep confidence is measured against the concept of ‘greater good’. If in my opinion as a therapist there is good reason to believe not to disclose would cause danger or serious harm to self, the therapist or others then your GP or other appropriate agencies may be contacted. Only information required to ensure safety of relevant parties would be disclosed. Information may have to be disclosed without consent for the prevention, detection or prosecution of a crime. The sharing of anonymous case histories with supervisors and peer supervision groups is not a breach of professional confidentiality. Where you have been referred to me by another healthcare practitioner, it may be necessary to share relevant information with them in provision of your ongoing care.
•the right to data portability:
This right is more relevant to IT companies e.g. the sharing of information when moving from one utility provider to another. I will not share your information without your specific consent, other than in the situations described above.
•the right to object:
I will not contact you for marketing purposes unless you have given me specific consent to do so.
•the right not to be subject to automated decision-making including profiling:
I will not use your information for profiling purposes.
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Privacy Notice last updated: 14th Oct 2018