Data Sharing Proposals Workshop | Cardiff | 11 September 2014

10am-4pm, Thursday 11th September 2014
Companies House, Cardiff, CF14 3UZ

The UK Government have been working in partnership with public sector, civil society and privacy organisations over the last 5 months to jointly develop policy and legislative proposals for three key problem areas:

  • Better understanding UK society and economy, through enhanced research and statistics;
  • Tackling fraud and better management of debt; and
  • More effective tailoring of public services.

The process has highlighted there are clear privacy and data security concerns with the sharing of information between government departments and agencies, as well as concerns with the transparency and accountability of the existing data sharing landscape.

A workshop, facilitated by the Cabinet Office, will explore data sharing in relation to each of these issues in a devolved context.

As there are limited places available we are inviting expressions of interest from Welsh Civil Society organisations who wish to take part.

Among other issues, the workshop will explore:

  • Is data sharing an effective solution to addressing the issue?
  • What should be the parameters and limitations to data sharing for this purpose?
  • What alternatives are there to data sharing for addressing these issues?
  • What safeguards need to be in place to ensure public trust?
  • What scrutiny process should a data sharing proposal be required to go through?
  • How can the scrutiny of data sharing be improved (e.g. to be more transparent and accountable)?
  • What cross-border issues need to be considered in the context of data sharing?

Based on emerging findings from an open policy making approach to date, this workshop will begin to help Civil Society and the Welsh Government understand any implications of these proposals for Wales.

To register interest – please email

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Tim Hughes

About Tim Hughes

Tim is Involve's incoming director, taking over from 21st January 2017. Tim has led campaigns and advocacy on open government; advised national, devolved and local governments, civil society organisations and multilateral institutions; and researched and written on topics including public participation, open government, democratic reform, civil society advocacy and public administration.

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