Leicestershire and Rutland information sharing protocol
We have signed up to the most recent version of the Leicestershire and Rutland Information Sharing Protocol (ISP). The ISP defines the framework for the sharing of personal information by agencies operating within Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland and provides a commitment by the organisations that are signed up to it, to ensure that a framework is in place that facilitates the sharing of information between partners and respects the individual’s right to privacy.
This is not a new commitment – organisations in Leicestershire and Rutland have long recognised that information sharing is increasingly important in the provision of services to our communities, and have had a protocol for information sharing in place since 2009. The 2014 version of the ISP has been refreshed to take into account the requirements for information sharing included in the Information Commissioners Office (ICO) Data Sharing Statutory Code of Practice, which explains how the Data Protection Act 1998 applies to the sharing of personal data.
It is important to remember that the Information Sharing Protocol and Information Sharing Agreements don’t automatically mean that personal data can be shared – they simply set out our commitment to doing so when it is appropriate and how the safe sharing of personal information will be achieved. Any information sharing activities carried out under the ISP and any ISA’s still need to comply with the eight Data Protection Principles of the Data Protection Act 1998 –
1. Personal data shall be processed fairly and lawfully and, in particular, shall not be processed unless –
The statutory code of practice can be viewed on the ICO website.