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.

This consultation has closed

As required by the Data Protection Act 2018, we are working on updating our data sharing code of practice, which was published in 2011.

The updated draft code of practice will explain and advise on changes to data protection legislation where these changes are relevant to data sharing. It will address many aspects of the new legislation including transparency, lawful bases for processing, the new accountability principle and the requirement to record processing activities.

Before drafting the code, the Information Commissioner launched a call for views in August 2018, seeking input from people and various organisations such as trade associations and those representing the interests of individuals. You can view a summary of the responses and some of the individual responses on our website.

The updated draft code is now out for public consultation and will remain open until Monday 9 September 2019.

You can respond to the consultation via our online survey, or you can download the document below and email [email protected].

Alternatively, print off the document and post to:

Data sharing code consultation
Parliament & Government Affairs
Information Commissioner’s Office
Wycliffe House
Water Lane


If you wish to make any comments not covered by the questions in the survey or you have any general queries about the consultation, please email us at [email protected].