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UK Government selling personal data of those requesting Covid 19 home tests!

Discussion in 'Personal' started by Morninglover, Jul 5, 2020.

  1. Morninglover

    Morninglover Star commenter

    If you thought Johnson and co couldn't stoop any lower,read below about this clever 'ruse' they have introduced, no doubt to grease the palms of present or future party fund donors:

    "Just when I thought my hatred of the @Conservatives was at its peak, I try to book a #COVID home testing kit for my elderly and poorly Dad. He's generally not in the best of health, but we manage. Recently though he's been experiencing symptoms consistent with #coronavirus "1/

    Louise Oliver@MsLouiseOliver
    Replying to
    The final step, after providing DOB, NI Number, Address and all the other standard ID confirming data, is this...something I thought looked extremely suspect, so I did some digging... 2/


    Louise Oliver@MsLouiseOliver
    What POSSIBLE reason could there be for the UK government to make it a requirement that you share your data with an American credit reporting agency @TransUnion in order to be able to access vital medical testing support in the middle of a pandemic? https://bylinetimes.com/2020/05/22/government-silent-on-involving-credit-firm-in-covid-19-testing/… /3

    A little further digging suggests that you can quite easily be refused the test if you don't pass whatever spurious check this private sector conglomerate carries out... https://twitter.com/ndbennet/status/1274413602213113858?s=20… 4/

    It’s not easy if you don’t have a credit history (credit cards, mortgage) linked to your current address. I was asked by the COVID Symptom Study to request a test last month but couldn’t get past the TransUnion identity check (and don’t have a car to attend a regional centre).

    Just spoke to patient who called 119 for covid test as no internet due to being elderly and never had a computer. Told can't have without an email address. Asked why, told government says so. I despair.

    No pass. No test. I'm not contributing my Dads data to whatever shady deal is taking place here, but that choice means more stress and risk. My Dad has limited mobility and no car; so we will mask / glove / sanitize up and drive him to a testing site. 6/

    The whole Titter thread can be found here:

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  2. Corvuscorax

    Corvuscorax Star commenter

    Don't you think the government should be checking the identity of the people they are testing?
    agathamorse and sbkrobson like this.
  3. florian gassmann

    florian gassmann Star commenter

    Where's the evidence that the government is selling personal data? Obviously there has to be identity checking, otherwise low life would simply keep ordering tests to sell on for profit.
    agathamorse, dumpty and LondonCanary like this.
  4. Morninglover

    Morninglover Star commenter

    If you read the Tweets in post 1*, you'll see the ID was thoroughly tested BEFORE you get to the page (shown above) where you have to agree to share all your information with a private company.

    * "The final step, after providing DOB, NI Number, Address and all the other standard ID confirming data, is this..."
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  5. Morninglover

    Morninglover Star commenter

    So the Government give many thousand pieces of personal ID to a foreign company specialising in credit for nothing do they? You seem to have an even lower opinion of the business sense of Johnson & co than I do.
    ajrowing and Rott Weiler like this.
  6. LondonCanary

    LondonCanary Star commenter

    The OP and links offers none at all.
    As it is, the decision to involve Trans Union appears to lie with nhs England.
  7. LondonCanary

    LondonCanary Star commenter

    You have offered no evidence to the contrary. And the seller would be nhs England.
    agathamorse likes this.
  8. florian gassmann

    florian gassmann Star commenter

    The government presumably pays for the checking service, but your description of "selling the data" implies that the government is receiving money from Transunion in return for the data. I am asking for your evidence that this is the case.
  9. nomad

    nomad Star commenter

    What purposes your data will be used for
    DHSC is the data controller for the following purposes:

    • confirming the appointment to the regional test site
    • performing a security and ID verification at the regional test site
    • receiving and processing your test
    • returning your results to you
    • sharing your results with Welsh, Scottish and Northern Irish health bodies (if you live in that country) to inform local planning and responses to COVID-19
    • sharing results with Public Health England (if you live in England) to help plan and respond to COVID-19
    • for residents in England, sharing your results with NHS Digital to analyse data in relation to COVID-19
    • undertaking quality assurance of the testing process (for example, clinical process assurance)
    • analysis to support operational decisions to improve the full end-to-end testing process such as:
      • day-to-day use (for example, whether someone attended their appointment)
      • to inform regional test sites of improvements to the testing process (for example, to manage capacity or throughput)
      • support end-to-end logistics planning
    Your information used for other purposes
    Your information may also be used for different purposes that are not directly related to your health and care. These include:

    • research into COVID-19 (including potentially being invited to be part of clinical trials)
    • planning of services and actions in response to COVID-19
    • monitoring the progress and development of COVID-19
    Information provided by you, and collected about you, in relation to testing for COVID-19 will not be used for any purpose that is not linked to COVID-19.

    Data processors and other recipients of your data
    Organisations who use your data and information on behalf of a controller, can only do so with clear instructions from them and cannot use your data and information for any other purpose.

    DHSC have appointed data processors to carry out the following activities:

    • registration, appointment scheduling and capture of information at the point of taking the test at a regional test site, or booking a home test
    • verifying your identity – this may include various organisations that run the regional test sites, or verification by your employer (if you’ve booked a test as an employee). We may use an agency, who will check your identity (this is not a credit check and does not affect your credit score)
    • overseeing the logistics of test kit deliveries
    • transporting and delivering kits
    • linking your personal details (provided on registering for the test) to the test result
    • forwarding your test results, email address and phone number to NHS Business Services Authority to send you your test results.
    • receiving data to enable your results to be communicated back to you by text and email, along with supporting information
    For English residents, we will link your test result to your GP record, so you do not need to inform your GP of your result. If you’re resident in Wales, Scotland or Northern Ireland, please see the links in the Residents in Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland section for further details.
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  10. nomad

    nomad Star commenter

    A TransUnion spokeswoman said: “TransUnion is conducting stringent identity checks on behalf of the NHS to help ensure testing kits are sent to the correct recipients and to minimise the risk of fraud. The identity verification uses information from an individual’s credit report.”

    The title is this thread is just scaremongering rubbish!
  11. Scintillant

    Scintillant Star commenter

    Individuals unwilling to share their credit data are asked to start the process again and advised to choose the drive-through test option.

    Why do you have to share credit data to get a Covid test?
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  12. nomad

    nomad Star commenter

    Since the OP must be having laugh, it does not surprise me it came from a "Titter thread".
  13. nomad

    nomad Star commenter

    Because the NHS has employed TransUnion to conduct stringent identity checks on behalf of the NHS to help ensure testing kits are sent to the correct recipients and to minimise the risk of fraud.
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  14. Scintillant

    Scintillant Star commenter

    But this will exclude people.

    It can certainly be done without the need to share an individual's credit data.

    Can we not even check the identity of our own citizens anymore?
    ajrowing and Morninglover like this.
  15. LondonCanary

    LondonCanary Star commenter

    Trans Union already have the credit data.
    Online it's difficult. Passport number is an alternative method used by government gateway.
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  16. Morninglover

    Morninglover Star commenter

    So it's worse than I thought - we are PAYING a foreign firm to check the ID of those who do a Covid 19 test at home (not those tested in hospitals, at testing sites etc) even after providing "DOB, NI Number, Address and all the other standard ID confirming data" as is made clear.
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  17. Scintillant

    Scintillant Star commenter

    Mine was checked for my Gateway account without a passport.
  18. Morninglover

    Morninglover Star commenter

    Why do they need to check this ID more than as already done? It's not done if you go to a Test centre, or are tested in hospital etc.
    ajrowing and Laphroig like this.
  19. LondonCanary

    LondonCanary Star commenter

    Because you are there.
  20. Scintillant

    Scintillant Star commenter

    TransUnion does not collect or retain data on individuals that book tests, other than a record of processing.


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