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The European Union have been working to tighten up the regulations relating to data protection and security and the UK version of this will be the DATA PROTECTION BILL 2018 that comes into law on the 25th May 2018.  The Bill will apply and remain post-exit from the European Union. 

Polden Medical practice  have a Privacy Policy which can be viewed by clicking on this link   PRIVACY POLICY.

Further information on the GDPR can be found at the Information Commissioners Office website but it is important to view our own Privacy and Confidentiality notices.ICO website



Polden Medical Practice fully complies with the Data Protection Act 1998. Under the Act patients have a right to be informed whether personal data about them is being processed and have the right to access the data. Patients can review the data processed and formal applications for access should be made in writing to the Practice Manager.

The Data Protection Act contains eight Data Protection Principles. These state that all data must be:

  • Processed fairly and lawfully
  • Obtained & used only for specified and lawful purposes
  • Adequate, relevant and not excessive
  • Accurate and where necessary, kept up to date
  • Kept for no longer than necessary
  • Processed in accordance with the individual's rights (as defined)
  • Kept secure
  • Transferred only to countries that offer adequate data protection

Royal ArmData Protection Act 1998 Chapter 29
Click here to access HMSO website


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