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.

ICO statement in response to the Government laying the Data Sharing Code of Practice before Parliament on 18 May 2021.

“We welcome the news that the Government has laid the Data Sharing Code of Practice before Parliament.

“The new data sharing code aims to give businesses and organisations the confidence to share data in a fair, safe and transparent way, and it dispels many of the remaining myths about data sharing. The code will guide organisations through the practical steps they need to take to share data while protecting people’s privacy.

“Data sharing that engenders trust in how personal data is used is a driver of innovation, economic growth and the delivery of more efficient and targeted services. Looking  beyond the immediate COVID-19 crisis, data sharing will be central to the UK’s recovery.

“The ICO will continue to engage with organisations and other stakeholders as part of our ongoing work on addressing perceived barriers to data sharing, helping them better understand how they can share information appropriately.”

The Data Sharing Code of Practice will lay before Parliament for 40 sitting days before coming into force.

Resources and practical tools are available on the data sharing information hub.