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5Keeping your information confidential and secure

Your privacy is important to us

All personal or sensitive information that you choose to share with us is securely stored and we only share it with those who need to see it. When the Inquiry closes, your personal or sensitive information will be securely destroyed. For more information about how we handle your personal information, please see our privacy notice on our website at

Records of much of the work of the Inquiry will be kept at The National Archives. This will include the evidence used in our hearings and reports, and anonymised data used by our research team and on our website. Personal details and other information that could identify you is removed from anonymised data.

If you are involved in a criminal case connected to what you share with us, we may be asked to reveal information about you, for example by a legal team. We will only do this if you agree or if we are ordered to by a court of law.

If something you tell us indicates that someone may be at risk of significant harm, we may need to pass your contact details to the police or social care. We will always discuss this with you first if we can. For more information, see 2. How we use what you tell us on this page.

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There are very limited circumstances where we tell anyone your name without your consent, for example if a child is currently at risk and we need to tell the police.