Report reveals confusion about data sharing by government agencies

July 27, 2014 |

In its report titled Data Sharing between Public Bodies A Scoping Report the UK Law Commission highlights  what it describes as  “widespread misunderstanding and confusion” by and between UK public bodies about their ability to legally share data.   In its report the Law Commission recommends that the UK government commission a full-scale, UK-wide reform project for the purpose of proposing ways to simplify the law and bring it up to date.

The report finds:
  • that existing laws governing data sharing had been created in a “piecemeal and ad hoc way”.
  • powers to share data are scattered across a very large number of statutes and may be set out expressly or implied, and there are also various common law provisions.

Given the findings of this report it would be interesting to see how Australian agencies fare in any similar review.

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