The UK’s independent authority set up to uphold information rights in the public interest, promoting openness by public bodies and data privacy for individuals.

Data sharing

ICO reviews the impact of the Data Sharing Code of Practice

We published our Data Sharing Code of Practice in May 2011 and now is a good time to assess its impact in the past couple of years. We are interested in knowing how you use the code and how it helps your organisation comply with its data protection and freedom of information obligations. We would be grateful if you could take ten minutes to complete our survey. The survey will run until 5 October 2014.

Having your feedback is crucial in ensuring that the code, and ICO guidance in general, is effective in fulfilling users’ requirements.

Data sharing code of practice

The data sharing code of practice is a statutory code which has been issued after being approved by the Secretary of State and laid before Parliament. The code explains how the Data Protection Act applies to the sharing of personal data.

It provides practical advice to all organisations, whether public, private or third sector, that share personal data and covers systematic data sharing arrangements as well as ad hoc or one off requests to share personal data.

Adopting the good practice recommendations in the code will help organisations to collect and share personal data in a way that complies with the law, is fair, transparent and in line with the rights and expectations of the people whose data is being shared.

Data sharing code of practice (pdf)

Data sharing checklists

These two checklists provide a handy step by step guide through the process of deciding whether to share personal data. One checklist is for systematic data sharing, the other is for one off requests to share personal data.

Data sharing checklists (pdf)