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Can information about me ever be shared without consent?
If you ask us not to share information about you with another person or organisation we will respect your wishes unless there are exceptional circumstances. Not sharing some information may mean that we have to modify the care we provide to you but this will be explained to you. The final decision will rest with you.
There are exceptional circumstances where information about you will be shared even if you do not give us permission to do so. These are where information is shared for legal reasons or in the public interest. Circumstances where information may be shared without your permission include:
- Where it is required by law, for example the notification of births, deaths and some infectious diseases
- Where a court order has been issued requesting the information
- Where there is a serious risk of harm to you or other individuals
- Where a child is believed to be at risk of harm (Children Act 1989)
- Where information is required for the prevention, detection or prosecution of a serious crime
- If you give us information about a serious crime that has been committed, such as murder, manslaughter, rape, treason or kidnapping (Police and Criminal Evidence Act 1984)
- If you give us information about suspected terrorism (Anti-terrorism, Crime & Security Act 2001 and Terrorism Act 2000)
- Where disclosure is necessary to establish rights, etc in any legal proceedings
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