A brief introduction to copyright, ethics and consent

2. Ethics

2.3 Sensitive personal data

Sensitive personal data are defined in the Data Protection Act 1998 as data on a person’s race, ethnic origin, political opinion, religious or similar beliefs, trade union membership, physical or mental health or condition, sexual life, commission or alleged commission of an offence, proceedings for an offence (alleged to have been) committed, disposal of such proceedings or the sentence of any court in such proceedings.

For full information look at the legislation documents that may impact on the sharing of confidential data (this relates to the UK only).