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COSLA WARNS OF DATA SHARING PROBLEMS

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The next round of e-government projects in Scotland must learn lessons from past initiatives on data sharing and co...
The next round of e-government projects in Scotland must learn lessons from past initiatives on data sharing and confidentiality, according to the Convention of Scottish Local Authorities.

The Scottish Executive has pumped almost £40m into improving access to public services over the last two years through the Modernising Governing Fund, an initiative which encourages joint working between public organisations.

But COSLA says care is needed to ensure confidentiality is not compromised by the sharing of sensitive data, for example between health and social workers.

David Jones, projects director at COSLA, said: 'Further work must be included in relation to data sharing, particularly across community planning partnerships, with regard to issues of confidentiality. A priority should be issues relating to child protection.'

The growth of customer relationship management and e-care projects, as well as the preponderance of one-stop shops, meant the issue of confidentiality was one which would need careful attention, he added.
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