The Information Commissioner's Office (ICO) has published its review of the data-sharing powers under Part 5 of the Digital Economy Act 2017 (DEA). Former Information Commissioner, Elizabeth Denham, committed to reviewing the Bill, enacted as the Digital Economy Act 2017, and sharing the findings with Parliament. Work on the review began in March 2021 and concluded in the summer of 2022.
The ICO reviewed the overall DEA framework, considering the data protection safeguards and governance structures in place. This included individual Codes of Practice for each DEA data-sharing method, registers of DEA data-sharing agreements, accredited researchers and accredited projects, along with DEA-accredited processing environments.
The ICO found the overall DEA framework supports organisations in sharing data that benefits the public. In addition, the framework includes robust safeguards ensuring data is shared responsibly and in alignment with data protection principles.
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