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ICO Data Sharing Code

Earlier this month the ICO issued a new statutory code of practice designed to help businesses and public sector bodies share people’s personal information appropriately.

It covers all types of data sharing (including sharing for marketing purposes) and it gives advice on when and how personal information can be legally shared as well as how to keep it secure. There are also checklists for data sharing and a range of case studies to amplify the points made.

The Office recommends organisations should follow the code, so that they have:

• a better understanding of when, whether, and how personal information should be shared;
• improved trust and a better relationship with the people whose information they want to share;
• reduced risk of the inappropriate or insecure sharing of personal data; and
• minimised risk of breaking the law and consequent enforcement action by the ICO or other regulators.

Launching the Code Christopher Graham, said: “I’d encourage all businesses and public bodies that share personal data to get to grips with the code without delay so they can be sure they are getting it right.”

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