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DATA SHARING MUST NOT ALIENATE THE PUBLIC, WARNS INFORMATION COMMISSIONER

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Information commissioner Richard Thomas is warning authorities not to lose the public's confidence in the way they ...
Information commissioner Richard Thomas is warning authorities not to lose the public's confidence in the way they handle data.

The commissioner, whose annual report is out today, told BBC Radio Four's Today programme this morning, that the growth of data sharing among public authorities brought risks as well as benefits.

'There can be risks and threats, both to individuals - this is people protection, not just data protection - but also to the organisations themselves,' he said.

'If they lose public trust and confidence in the way information is shared, they will not reap the benefits they are seeking.'

He warned that: 'If information is inaccurate or out of date, if mistakes of identification or data matching are made, if there are breaches of security, if you go beyond people's reasonable expectations of privacy, then you will alienate people.'

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