Oct 082010
 October 8, 2010  Posted by  Non-U.S.

From the ICO’s press release:

The Information Commissioner’s Office today launched a consultation on a new statutory code of practice on the sharing of personal data. The consultation will run for 12 weeks from today, ending on Wednesday 5 January 2011.

The draft code sets out a model of good practice for public, private and third sector organisations, and covers routine data sharing as well as one-off instances where a decision is made to release data to a third party. Scenarios where data sharing might occur include a school passing information about a child to a social services department, a group of insurance companies pooling data about people making claims, GPs sending a patient’s record to a hospital, or a retailer passing customer details to a debt collection company.

The code covers a number of areas including:

  • what factors an organisation must take into account when coming to a decision about whether to share personal data;
  • the point at which individuals should be told about their data being shared;
  • the security and staff training measures that must be put in place;
  • the rights of the individual to access their personal data; and
  • when it’s not acceptable to share personal data.

Thanks to Ian Geldard for reminding me to post this!

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