Coronavirus & Your Personal Data: Advice for the Public

It may not be your first thought when it comes to Coronavirus but if you are worried about how your personal data may be used by health organisations or Government of Jersey, the following information may help.

1. Government of Jersey will make sure you get vital public health messages via phone, email or text. You do not need to give them your consent.

2. You might be asked to give details about sensitive health conditions and recent travel that you think are excessive. Employers and organisations do have an obligation to protect their staff, so in some cases it can be reasonable for them to ask you if you have visited a particular country or if you have experienced Coronavirus symptoms. But they should not be asking for more information than is necessary. If you are concerned, speak to the organisation involved.

3. If you become ill with Coronavirus, your employer might need to tell your colleagues. But that does not mean they need to give out your name.

4. If you have made a Freedom of Information request from a public body or made a subject access request for your own information, you may expect delays in responses. That is because organisations are diverting their resources to help with other challenges. We will assess any delayed responses on a case by case basis.

5. If a volunteer is helping you, make sure you know how your personal information will be used, who has access to it and where it will be stored. Also make sure you ask if your information is being shared with anyone else (for example, between support organisations). Finally, make sure people know how to contact you should you wish for your data to be removed from their records, any time.

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