Presentation on theme: "Background Personal information is individual & precious to each one of us – its vital that we treat it properly. There is a long-standing and healthy."— Presentation transcript:
Background Personal information is individual & precious to each one of us – its vital that we treat it properly. There is a long-standing and healthy debate about the balance between the right to privacy and the necessity to hold and share data. Review announced by PM on 25/10/2007 during his speech on Liberty. High profile data losses thereafter made DSR even more relevant.
Work of the Review Consultation exercise between December and February – over 200 responses. Some 60 meetings covering public, private and third sector – across UK and in Europe. 8 workshop discussion sessions. Extensive desk research.
Common issues highlighted Benefits of sharing (law enforcement/public protection; provision of services; research). Risks of sharing; need for minimisation, proportionality and safeguards. General confusion/uncertainty about the law, including the complex interplay between different strands of the law. A lack of public trust in data handling. A lack of transparency in what is done with personal data. Inadequate regulatory powers, sanctions and resources. Lack of clear accountability in a complex shared data environment. The subject access process out-of-date in the internet era.
Recommendations (1) Transform personal and organisational culture: clarify corporate governance; maximise transparency; improve training; and consider credentials. Clarify and streamline legal framework: urge HMG to lead EU debate on reform; authoritative guidance through statutory CoP; and a new statutory fast-track procedure where there is a strong case for removal of a legal barrier. Ensure effective enforcement: implement fine provisions quickly; provide new powers to inspect & audit; ensure adequate resources; and revise structure.
Recommendations (2) Develop mechanisms for safe and secure research and statistical analysis: develop safe havens as environment for population-based research; create system for accrediting approved researchers; and call on HMG and NHS to maximise potential benefits made possible through safe havens. Safeguard and protect publicly available (online) information: call for new enquiry into online services that aggregate personal information; and ban the sale of the edited electoral register.
Next Steps Report has been presented to PM and Justice Secretary. Our recommendations are evidence-based and workable in practice – we expect to see progress made on implementation. We have asked the Government to set a clear timetable for implementation and to report on progress in 18-months time.