Can We Share an Employee’s Health Information with The Public Health Agency?

Posted in : First Tuesday Q&A NI on 7 April 2020
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Organisations are not prevented from sharing employees’ health information with authorities, such as the Public Health Agency, for public health purposes. This is in accordance with the lawful basis for processing under Article 9(2)(i) of the GDPR whereby processing special category data (e.g. health data) is permitted when it is necessary for reasons of public interest in the area of public health.

Furthermore, medical practitioners are able to disclose patient information to the Public Health Agency if they become aware or suspect someone has Covid-19. This is due to the implementation of the Public Health Notifiable Disease Order (Northern Ireland) 2020 which makes Covid-19 a notifiable disease.


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