Privacy under the knife: can 'care.data' be trusted?

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Within weeks, households will receive letters informing them of NHS plans to upload patient data into a centralised "care.data" database - and possibly sold on to third parties. The NHS says that patient privacy won't be compromised, but campaigners claim otherwise. Graeme Burton investigates

When researchers in the 1950s were seeking clues that might confirm their suspicions that smoking was a major cause of ill-health, they resorted to examining medical records and made a link that was startling...

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