I am particularly aware of confidentiality because of my commitment to human rights and equal opportunities; I am committed to ensuring that all my clients are aware of my practice policies and regulations.
All my associates are required to formally agree to my policy of confidentiality in writing using a specifically developed confidentiality contract which I witness and sign. I have sought legal advice and have gained the necessary guidance in relation to the regulations that govern the operation of my business and services and I operate this policy of confidentiality in line with the ‘Data Protection Act 1998′ and the ‘Human Rights Act 1998′.
Additionally I operate a confidentiality agreement which is designed to be negotiated on an individual basis with each of my individual clients which acknowledges IID related discrimination and the specific stigma associated with HIV. The HIV status of my clients will not be recorded either electronically or on paper within my organisation for any purposes.
I also state that all information collected and stored by me in relation to my clients will be done so under the ‘Data Protection Act’ regulations and will be protected by password if stored electronically or secured in locked filling cabinets if stored on paper.
All information collected and or stored will adhere to the eight principals of the ‘Data Protection Act’ as follows.
Information will be:
- Fairly and lawfully processed.
- Processed for specific purposes.
- Adequate, relevant and not excessive.
- Accurate, and where necessary, kept up to date.
- Not kept for longer than necessary.
- Processed in line with the rights of the individual.
- Kept secure.
- Not transferred or passed on to a third party without the express written consent of the client.
I will provide full access to all information stored by me to my individual clients when requested under the terms of the ‘Data Protection Act’.