ICO blog: Sharing personal information in an emergency

22/09/2022 | ICO

The Information Commissioner's Office (ICO) posted a blog discussing the legal provisions that enable sharing personal data in an emergency. The guide is written for universities and colleges, but it's relevant to all organisations. It states, "university and college staff should do whatever is necessary and proportionate to protect someone's life. Data protection law allows organisations to share personal data in an urgent or emergency situation, including to help them prevent loss of life or serious physical, emotional or mental harm." The guide advises planning ahead, putting a data sharing plan in place, and training staff so that they are confident in using and sharing data when appropriate. 

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