Ancil Adrian-Paul

30 September 2005
I am currently the Programme Manager, Women Rights and Political Lobbying for Medica Mondiale. I am based in Afghanistan. For the last nine and a half years I have worked for International Alert, the London based international non-governmental organisation, where I have held a number of posts including Programme Manager for Gender, Peace and Security, and was a key part of the team that launched the Women Building Peace campaign which contributed to the adoption of UN SC Resolution 1325. I have also worked as the Humanitarian Assistance Co-ordinator for UNOHAC - UN Mission to Mozambique and Programme Administrator for Save the Children - USA, Mozambique. I have gained extensive experience in project management, both in the UK and abroad, for a variety of organisations and NGOs. My other experience includes policy monitoring and development; using diplomacy to network and create strategic alliances. I have a BEd in Sociology and an MSc in Development Practices.

Stop the secrecy: Publish the NHS COVID data deals

To: Matt Hancock, Secretary of State for Health and Social Care

We’re calling on you to immediately release details of the secret NHS data deals struck with private companies, to deliver the NHS COVID-19 datastore.

We, the public, deserve to know exactly how our personal information has been traded in this ‘unprecedented’ deal with US tech giants like Google, and firms linked to Donald Trump (Palantir) and Vote Leave (Faculty AI).

The COVID-19 datastore will hold private, personal information about every single one of us who relies on the NHS. We don’t want our personal data falling into the wrong hands.

And we don’t want private companies – many with poor reputations for protecting privacy – using it for their own commercial purposes, or to undermine the NHS.

The datastore could be an important tool in tackling the pandemic. But for it to be a success, the public has to be able to trust it.

Today, we urgently call on you to publish all the data-sharing agreements, data-impact assessments, and details of how the private companies stand to profit from their involvement.

The NHS is a precious public institution. Any involvement from private companies should be open to public scrutiny and debate. We need more transparency during this pandemic – not less.

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