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Data protection, health care, and the new European directive

BMJ 1996; 313 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.313.7056.560 (Published 31 August 1996) Cite this as: BMJ 1996;313:560

Data Protection Act applies to discussions by email and on the Internet

  1. Craig Gerrand
  1. Registrar in orthopaedics Victoria Infirmary NHS Trust, Glasgow G42 OTT

    EDITOR,—Many doctors who hold log books or do clinical research on computers are probably acting illegally if they are not registered under the Data Protection Act (Data Protection Registrar, personal communication).1

    Hospital registration may cover research performed in a hospital on that hospital's patients or their records but will not cover research performed at home or a collection of data from …

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