Data sharing between public bodies can be a tricky area. Many will be aware
of the Soham case, where problems regarding the sharing (or lack of)
data were identified. In recognition
of
these
problems,
the Scottish Executive has produced data sharing guidance for public sector
bodies.

This guidance sets out six guiding principles that can be used by public bodies
when assessing whether or not to share data with other public bodies. These
principles recognise a public body's need to balance an individual's right
to privacy against a need to provide joined up public services. The guidance
also provides useful checklists for use by public bodies when considering data
sharing.

Full details of the guidance can be found at Data Sharing Guidance.

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