Consultants to the government's review of data sharing practices in the UK have called for contributions from the public.
Prime minister Gordon Brown asked the Information Commissioner, Richard Thomas, and the director of the Wellcome Trust, Mark Walport to do the study. This came in the wake of a string of data breaches last year headed by the HM Revenue & Customs' loss of the private and banking details of 25 million child benefit claimants.
More than 50 organisations, mostly central government departments, have received the 28 questions the commissioners want answered. These cover background, scope of personal information sharing, including benefits, barriers and risks of data sharing and data protection, legal framework, consent and transparency, technology, and international comparisons.
"Responses are welcomed from anyone with an interest in or views on the subject covered by this paper," they said.
The public has until 15 February to reply, preferably using the electronic response form or in hard copy to Data Sharing Review, Secretariat 5.26, Steel House, 11 Tothill Street, London SW1H 9LH.
For more details call the information line on 020 7210 0538 or email [email protected]