Dear Information Commissioner’s Office,
in accordance with the Data Protection Act, I should like to know:
Under what circumstances would local authority’s legal department have unrestricted access to individual’s confidential file held by his Social Worker, including his medical history and his HIV status, without the individual’s consent or knowledge.
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Dear Mr Campbell
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