NHS: Computer Software

Department of Health and Social Care written question – answered on 21st May 2020.

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Photo of Gill Furniss Gill Furniss Shadow Minister (Equalities Office) (Women and Equalities)

To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, whether people will have the right to access and erase data submitted through the covid-19 contact tracing app.

Photo of Nadine Dorries Nadine Dorries Minister of State (Department of Health and Social Care)

If users delete the app, all data stored on the phone and not already voluntarily shared with the Department or the National Health Service would be deleted. If users do not opt to share their data while the app remains on their phone, it will automatically be deleted on a continuous 28-day cycle within the app, on the phone.

By law, an individual has a number of rights as a data subject, such as the right to access information held about them or ask for their data to be deleted. The Information Commissioner’s Office provides more detail about individual rights at the following link:

https://ico.org.uk/your-data-matters

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