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Data Sharing of Personal Information

Why we need to share personal information

Organisations need to work in partnership to deliver public services effectively.  This often requires the safe sharing of data about the individuals using services.

Your rights and our obligations

The key law that sets our obligations and your rights around personal information is the Data Protection Act (DPA).  This is regulated by the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO).  The ICO website describes in detail:

  • Your rights;
  • The DPA;
  • Good practice on how we should meet our obligations to you.

Data Protection is often wrongly cited as a reason not to do something, to help dispel some of these myths the ICO has published a number of real life examples.

What is personal information?

In these pages we are considering what the ICO defines (as a result of the DPA) as personal information:

Personal data means data which relate to a living individual who can be identified –

(a) from those data, or

(b) from those data and other information which is in the possession of, or is likely to come into the possession of, the data controller, and includes any expression of opinion about the individual and any indication of the intentions of the data controller or any other person in respect of the individual.

It is important to note that, where the ability to identify an individual depends partly on the data held and partly on other information (not necessarily data), the data held will still be “personal data”.’

Resources for Organisations

Resources for organisations.