Report Launch

Data Privacy and the ICO during a crisis:
Lessons learned from the COVID-19 pandemic

Three years after the start of the pandemic, it is critical to assess how government actions and oversight by the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) during COVID-19 circumvented data protection safeguards in the UK.

About the event

Join us for the online launch of our report into how your confidential medical data was handled during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Date and Time:

  • Tuesday 6 June at 7pm

Chaired by:

  • Abby Burke – Policy Manager (Data Protection), Open Rights Group


  • Martin Blanchard – Keep Our NHS Public

About the report

This report comes at a time when the government is proposing changes to UK data protection law, which will weaken the rights of individuals and reduce the accountability of corporations. It comes when hospitals are being forced to share patients’ data multinational corporations like Palantir, who in turn are vying for a multi-million pound contract for the NHS Federated Data Platform.

It provides a foundation to analyse these threats so that the data protection rights of people in the UK data protection can be strengthened not weakened. We look forward to you joining us at this event.


Register in advance to attend this event on Zoom.

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After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.