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Public Acceptability of Data Sharing Between the Public, Private and Third Sectors for Research Purposes

Public Acceptability of Data Sharing Between the Public, Private and Third Sectors for Research Purposes

Friday, October 4, 2013

ISBN: 9781782569534

Report of a deliberative research project on the public's attitudes towards data sharing. It focuses particularly on a) the public's opinion about data sharing with the private and third sector; b) the acceptability of different methods for sharing benefits gained from the use of their data; and c) the appeal of different methods for empowering citizens in decision making about the use of their data.

Executive Summary

The Scottish Government has a commitment to continue working with members of the public and other stakeholders to explore fully the appropriateness, concerns, benefits and risks of private sector involvement in the use and analysis of data collected and held by public bodies.

Accordingly, in spring 2013 the Government commissioned research to enhance understanding of sensitivities around data sharing between the public, private and third sectors for statistical and research purposes. This is a report of the research's findings.

Specific objectives of the research were: to establish whether and how attitudes and sensitivities varied depending on the sectors and specific type of organisation involved in data sharing, the type of data being shared and the planned uses of the data; whether the public think about ‘public benefit’ differently in relation to the private and third sector’s use of personal data compared to the public sector’s; what methods of benefit-sharing are most acceptable to the public; and what methods could be most effective in empowering citizens in decision making about how their data are used.