European Data Protection Digest

ICO Says DPA Enables Data Sharing

HEALTHCARE PRIVACY—UK

April 11, 2013

At the recent Westminster Health Forum, Dawn Monaghan, a manager for the Information Commissioner’s Office, said the Data Protection Act (DPA) of 1998 “is not a barrier; it is an enabler” when it comes to sharing information within the National Health Service (NHS). According to computing.co.uk, Monaghan disputed reports of fines leveraged on organisations for data sharing, saying, “There haven’t been any cases where two organisations have shared data and breached the DPA.” She went on to stress the importance of sharing information within the NHS, noting, “Not sharing information can often mean people are unprotected.”
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