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Private and confidential?Handling personal information in the social and health services$
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Chris Clark and Janice McGhee

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9781861349064

Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781861349064.001.0001

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The right to privacy and confidentiality for children: the law and current challenges

The right to privacy and confidentiality for children: the law and current challenges

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(p.85) five The right to privacy and confidentiality for children: the law and current challenges
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Private and confidential?
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Lilian Edwards

Rowena Rodrigues

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Policy Press
DOI:10.1332/policypress/9781861349064.003.0006

This chapter considers the legal rules that seek to protect the privacy and confidence rights of individuals in the UK, focusing on how these rules operate for children and young persons. It also considers some recent developments that illustrate how digitisation and the ‘database society’ are affecting privacy rights for children. The two most important legal regimes to consider in privacy protection are the data protection law and the law of confidence. The data protection law protects what is known very generally as informational privacy: the right to control what is known about you. The law of confidence, by contrast, prevents a second party from disclosing information which should be kept private between that person and the one who revealed it.

Keywords:   privacy protection, confidentiality, privacy rights, children's provacy rights, data protection, law of confidence

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