The New ICO Data Sharing Code of Practice

The sharing of personal data between organisations has many public and business benefits. However there is much confusion about what the law allows, particularly the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR). In December, the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) finally published its Data Sharing Code of Practice following a consultation exercise. The code does not impose any additional barriers … Continue reading “The New ICO Data Sharing Code of Practice”

A New (GDPR) Data Sharing Code

The law on data sharing is a minefield clouded with myths and misunderstandings. The Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) recently launched a consultation on an updated draft code of practice on this subject. Before drafting the new code, the ICO launched a call for views in August 2018, seeking input from various organisations such as trade … Continue reading “A New (GDPR) Data Sharing Code”

New Data Sharing Powers in the Digital Economy Bill

Much has been written about the complexities of the current legal regime relating to public sector data sharing. Over the years this blog has covered many stops and starts by the government when attempting to make the law clearer. The Digital Economy Bill is currently making its way through Parliament. It contains provisions, which will … Continue reading “New Data Sharing Powers in the Digital Economy Bill”

New Data Sharing Consultation

In February the Government launched a consultation on introducing laws to allow more citizens’ data to be used for ancillary purposes by the public sector. It says: “Proportionate, secure and well-governed information sharing between public authorities can improve the lives of citizens. It can also support decisions on the economy which allow businesses to flourish, … Continue reading “New Data Sharing Consultation”

All Change for Data Sharing?

Last year the Law Commission launched a consultation on the law around sharing of personal information between public sector organisations. The paper outlined the current law and asked 22 broad questions. In July, following analysis of the consultation responses, the Commission recommended a full-scale, UK-wide reform project to consider how the current law can be … Continue reading “All Change for Data Sharing?”

Data Sharing Consultation – Do we need new laws?

The Law Commission has opened a consultation on the law around sharing of personal information between public sector organisations. Law Commissioner Frances Patterson QC says: “It could be that more data sharing would improve public services but, if that is so, we need to understand why data is not being shared.  Is there a good … Continue reading “Data Sharing Consultation – Do we need new laws?”

New Data Sharing Laws: Too Far, Too Fast?

According a story in the Guardian newspaper last week, proposals to be published in May by the Cabinet Office minister, Francis Maude, are expected to make it easier for government and public-sector organisations to share confidential information supplied by the public. “In May, we will publish proposals that will make data sharing easier – and, … Continue reading “New Data Sharing Laws: Too Far, Too Fast?”

Supreme Court Rules on the Legality of Sharing Personal Data with the United States

Could a recent Supreme Court decision on information sharing lead to “terrorists” escaping justice?  Part 3 of the Data Protection Act 2018 (DPA) regulates the processing of personal data for law enforcement purposes by Competent Authorities which includes, amongst others,  government departments and the police. The case of Elgizouli (Appellant) v Secretary of State for … Continue reading “Supreme Court Rules on the Legality of Sharing Personal Data with the United States”

ICO Reprimand for Misuse of Children’s Data: A Proportionate Response or a Let Off?

Last week, the Department for Education received a formal reprimand from the Information Commissioner’s Office(ICO) over a “serious breach” of the GDPR involving the unauthorised sharing of up to 28 million children’s personal data. But the Department has avoided a fine, despite a finding of “woeful” data protection practices. The reprimand followed the ICO’s investigation into the sharing of … Continue reading “ICO Reprimand for Misuse of Children’s Data: A Proportionate Response or a Let Off?”

The Data Protection and Digital Information Bill: A new UK GDPR?

In July the Government published the Data Protection and Digital Information Bill, the next step in its much publicised plans to reform the UK Data Protection regime following Brexit.  In the Government’s response to the September 2021 consultation (“Data: A New Direction”) it said it intended “to create an ambitious, pro-growth and innovation-friendly data protection regime that underpins the … Continue reading “The Data Protection and Digital Information Bill: A new UK GDPR?”

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