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What is sensitive data?

Special categories of Personal Data which ‘uniquely identify a person’ are classified in the GDPR as ‘sensitive data’.

Special Category data includes:

  • racial or ethnic origin
  • political opinion / affiliation
  • religious or political beliefs
  • Trade Union membership
  • genetic / biometric data (to uniquely identify a natural person)
  • health related
  • sex-life / sexual orientation

If you’re familiar with the rules of the Data Protection Act, the good news is that the new Regulation is broadly similar, although there are wider grounds in relation to healthcare and health research.

Personal Data relating to criminal convictions is not classed as sensitive data, but the GDPR introduces extra safeguards in relation to its Processing. These can be found in Article 10 of the Regulation.

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