Keeping a record of the mistake and its correction might also be in the individual’s best interests.Example A misdiagnosis of a medical condition continues to be held as part of a patient’s medical records even after the diagnosis is corrected, because it is relevant for the purpose of explaining treatment given to the patient, or for other health problems.You must always be clear about what you intend the record of the personal data to show.
In practice, this means that you must: The GDPR does not define the word ‘accurate’.
An initial diagnosis (which is an informed opinion) may prove to be incorrect after more extensive examination or further tests.
However, if the patient’s records reflect the doctor’s diagnosis at the time, the records are not inaccurate, because they accurately reflect that doctor’s opinion at a particular time.
However, the ICO does not consider that this requires a major change in approach.
The main difference in practice is that individuals have a stronger right to have inaccurate personal data corrected under the right to rectification. Personal data shall be: (d) accurate and, where necessary, kept up to date; every reasonable step must be taken to ensure that personal data that are inaccurate, having regard to the purposes for which they are processed, are erased or rectified without delay (‘accuracy’)” This is the second of three principles about data standards, along with data minimisation and storage limitation.