Question 1 Answer

To be able to release the information to the requester they need to have appropriate authority from the data subject or be a bona fide regulator acting within their powers.

Regulators will know what powers they are using and should specify this in a written communication.

Likewise a professional acting on behalf of a client will have obtained pre consent e.g. “I am a solicitor acting on behalf of my client Mr X and request a copy of his medical records. Appropriate authority is enclosed”. 

DO NOT RELEASE IT OTHERWISE

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