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Data Protection Act 2018

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Assumption of reasonableness for health workers, social workers and education workers

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17(1)For the purposes of paragraph 16(2)(b), it is to be considered reasonable for a controller to disclose information to a data subject without the consent of the other individual where—

(a)the health data test is met,

(b)the social work data test is met, or

(c)the education data test is met.

(2)The health data test is met if—

(a)the information in question is contained in a health record, and

(b)the other individual is a health professional who has compiled or contributed to the health record or who, in his or her capacity as a health professional, has been involved in the diagnosis, care or treatment of the data subject.

(3)The social work data test is met if—

(a)the other individual is—

(i)a children’s court officer,

(ii)a person who is or has been employed by a person or body referred to in paragraph 8 of Schedule 3 in connection with functions exercised in relation to the information, or

(iii)a person who has provided for reward a service that is similar to a service provided in the exercise of any relevant social services functions, and

(b)the information relates to the other individual in an official capacity or the other individual supplied the information—

(i)in an official capacity, or

(ii)in a case within paragraph (a)(iii), in connection with providing the service mentioned in paragraph (a)(iii).

(4)The education data test is met if—

(a)the other individual is an education-related worker, or

(b)the other individual is employed by an education authority (within the meaning of the Education (Scotland) Act 1980) in pursuance of its functions relating to education and—

(i)the information relates to the other individual in his or her capacity as such an employee, or

(ii)the other individual supplied the information in his or her capacity as such an employee.

(5)In this paragraph—

  • “children’s court officer” means a person referred to in paragraph 8(1)(q), (r), (s), (t) or (u) of Schedule 3;

  • “education-related worker” means a person referred to in paragraph 14(4)(a) or (b) or 16(4)(a), (b) or (c) of Schedule 3 (educational records);

  • “relevant social services functions” means functions specified in paragraph 8(1)(a), (b), (c) or (d) of Schedule 3.

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