​​Further details about opting out


​There are two types of opt-out. You can withdraw either opt-out at any time by informing your GP practice.
Type 1 opt-outs

If you do not want information that identifies you to be shared outside your GP practice, for purposes beyond your direct care, you can register a type 1 opt-out with your GP practice. This prevents your personal confidential information from being used other than in particular circumstances required by law, such as a public health emergency like an outbreak of a pandemic disease. 
Type 2 opt-outs

​NHS Digital collects information from a range of places where people receive care, such as hospitals and community services. If you do not want your personal confidential information to be shared outside of NHS Digital, for purposes other than for your direct care, you can register a type 2 opt-out with your GP practice.​

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