Data sharing in government

This blog was established to support civil society engagement with government departments to explore the benefits, risks, limitations and governance for sharing personal data within government.

From April 2014 to March 2015, an open policy making process was conducted, whereby civil society organisations, privacy groups, officials from a number of government departments, academics and representatives from parts of the wider public sector explored the suitability of data sharing for three purposes:

  1. enhancing the availability of high quality research and statistics from administrative data;
  2. preventing fraud and helping citizens manage the debt they have with government; and
  3. ensuring the right services are offered to the right person at the right time.

This open policy making process concluded in March 2015 with the publication of a policy paper, outlining the areas of agreement (and disagreement) reached by those involved.

The process was coordinated by Involve, a civil society organisation that works to open up decision making in government, and the Cabinet Office data sharing policy team.