Protecting your privacy

Providing confidential information to third parties is something that we do day to day, without a second thought.

Think about the last time you opened a bank account, applied for a credit card, or signed up for a loyalty card for a retail store.

We willingly give details regarding our address, date of birth, and contact details. We give even more details when it comes to things such as applying for travel or medical insurance, where we sometimes supply information in relation to our medical history, family history, and details of our next of kin.

With all of our confidential information being disclosed to all of these different entities, how can we be sure that that information is indeed being kept confidential?

The first thing to do, is to ensure that whoever you are disclosing your information to, has a clear policy that your information will not be passed on to third parties. This will avoid circumstances where your information can be used, or sometimes even sold for profit, for the purposes of marketing and sales. This is a mere annoyance compared to entities that disclose more sensitive information to others, such as your financial or medical information, which can lead to distress and embarrassment.

If your privacy has been breached, you do have options. The government has implemented various regulations in relation to privacy and disclosure of your confidential information, and something can be done if your privacy has been breached. In some cases, remedies may involve an apology, a retraction, a direction that the entity review their privacy policy and procedure and, in severe breaches, payment of compensation.


Etheringtons Solicitors