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Data sharing of personal information

Sometimes organisations need to work together to deliver their services effectively. This might require the safe sharing of data about the people who use their services. Data that organisations share about you can include information such as your:

  • name
  • contact details
  • address

Your personal information sharing rights

The law that sets your rights around personal information is the Data Protection Act 2018 (DPA 2018). This is regulated by the Information Commissioner's Office (ICO), their website describes in detail:

  • your rights
  • what the DPA 2018 does
  • good practice on how organisations should meet their DPA 2018 requirements

Check your information is being handled correctly

The ICO have guidance which you can check to make sure your information is being handled correctly.

You can find more information on the Data Protection Act 2018 on the GOV.UK website.

General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR)

New laws about data protection came into force in the UK in 2018. These laws ensure that:

  • organisations can only use your personal information when they're legally allowed to
  • the public are more aware of ways their personal information can and cannot be used

For information on the changes to UK data protection law, please visit the ICO website.

The ICO website also explains how the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) and the Data Protection Act 2018 work together.

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