The Data Protection legislation is not an automatic barrier to information sharing. The Data Protection Act 2018 and General Data Protection Regulations allow organisations to share information for a variety of reasons including safeguarding vulnerable individuals and for the purpose of preventing and detecting crime.
Sharing information is essential for effective service delivery with partners the Council works with. The Council works with a number of partners including but not limited to the following:
Sharing personal information presents risks and opportunities that need to be managed correctly. The Council has processes and policies in place to manage sharing of personal data. These compliance with Data Protection principles including:
For routine sharing, where appropriate, this is done through formal Data Sharing Agreements and in compliance with the Council’s Data Protection Policy.