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. 

Case studies

In response to consultation feedback about the code of practice, we have added further case studies about data sharing that highlight the key points you need to consider.

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.