The database that will store the entire nation’s health records has a series of "backdoors" that will allow police and government bodies to access people’s medical data.

David Davis MP, a former shadow home secretary, told the Guardian he has established that police will be able to access the health records of patients when investigating serious crimes even if they had opted out of the new database, which will hold the entire population’s medical data in a single repository for the first time from May.

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This despite the UK’s long and torrid history of giving out huge unencrypted centralised databases on USB sticks and laptops to seemingly whoever wants them. Don’t they realise the backdoor will also be usable for hackers, insurance companies, etc? It also shows the mission creep these centralised databases allow themselves to be misused for.