UK: consultation on Data Sharing Review launched

December 13, 2007 at 11:01 pm 2 comments

In the UK, “Data Sharing Review: A consultation paper on the use and sharing of personal information in the public and private sectors” has been issued as a part of the review being run by Information Commissioner Richard Thomas and Dr Mark Walport, director of the Wellcome Trust.

I expect that this review, once completed, is going to lead to significant insights and, possibly, new approaches to protecting privacy. Not only will it have a major impact in the UK, governments around the world should be tracking the progress and results of the review.

The consultation document says, “Personal information is shared and used every day by both public authorities and private organisations. The scope and methods of information sharing varies greatly – ranging from an individual piece of personal information being shared once between two public authorities to the regular and wholesale sharing of personal information between two or more databases.”

Views are sought “on the scope of personal information sharing – i.e. what personal information is shared – and on the spectrum of information sharing – i.e. in what way is personal information shared.”

The consultation document asks 28 questions across seven sections:

– Background

– Scope of personal information sharing, including benefits, barriers and risks of data sharing and data protection

– The legal framework

– Consent and transparency

– Technology

– International comparisons, and

– Additional questions.

The recent fiasco that saw personal information of half the country’s population lost makes it timely. I’m looking forward to the promised publication of the results online.

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Entry filed under: government, identity, personal_info, privacy, trust, UK.

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