Data sharing review

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Response to the 2007 independent review on the use and sharing of personal information in the public and private sectors.

In October 2007, the Prime Minister asked Richard Thomas, the Information Commissioner, and Dr Mark Walport, Director of the Wellcome Trust, to carry out an independent review of the use and sharing of personal information in the public and private sectors.  This independent review, which is taking place under the auspices of the Ministry of Justice (MoJ), is intended to “consider whether there should be any changed to the way the Data Protection Act 1998 operates and the options for implementing such changes.

The MoJ issued a consultation paper in December to obtain views from interested parties. The sort of issues that this sought to address include, how personal information is being used; how society can be sure that such information is being used lawfully; who holds the information and to what end; and what impact the sharing of information is having on private lives. Although the exercise is not specifically geared to research data, the territory that it covers is relevant to organisations that fund research using data drawn from human subjects or populations, such as the MRC and ESRC.

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