The police may now have access to your NHS test and trace records.
Armed forces across the UK may be able to use your test and trace data to demonstrate whether the app or other tests that may be conducted have asked you to self-isolate.
However, the government and council of police chiefs have defended the guidelines on the grounds that they are used to ensure that people follow the rules when it comes to self-isolation.
The Department of Health and Social Affairs (DHSC) guidelines state: “If there is any evidence that you are not complying with the self-isolation obligation without proper justification, your local authority may pass this information on to the local police force for further investigation.
“This can lead to enforcement actions being taken against you, which could include a fine.
“A police force can request information about positive COVID-19 tests directly from the NHS Test and Trace program, where they will investigate a report from someone who may not be complying with the mandatory self-isolation period.”
According to HSJ, some fear the move would discourage people from getting tested or downloading the Track & Trace app. reports the Liverpool Echo.
Failure to self-isolate after a positive coronavirus test can result in a fine of £ 1,000, increasing to a maximum of £ 10,000 for repeat offenders.
The government said safeguards were in place to ensure the data was being passed on lawfully.
A spokesman for the DHSC said: “It is a legal requirement that people who test positive for Covid-19 and their close contacts, self-isolate if officially asked to do so.
“The Department of Health and Welfare has entered into a memorandum of understanding with the National Police Chiefs Council so that police forces can access information on a case-by-case basis to determine if a particular person has been notified.
“The Memorandum of Understanding ensures that information is shared with appropriate safeguards and in accordance with the law. No test or health data is shared in this process.”
A spokesman for the National Police Chiefs Council said: “Police work continues to help limit the spread of the coronavirus.
“We will continue to promote voluntary compliance, but we will enforce regulations and issue FPNs (Fixed Criminal Notices) if necessary. If people fail to self-isolate and refuse to comply, officials can issue FPNs and instruct people to return to self-isolation.”
“The officers will work with individuals to investigate their circumstances, acting at their own discretion wherever reasonable.”