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This handbook provides a practical explanation of how the law regulates the sharing of information.
Part 1 explains the obligations imposed on public authorities, private organisations, and individuals by the key legal provisions. It explores the basic administrative principles underpinning public authority information sharing. Furthermore, it highlights numerous provisions which provide authority to share information, and similarly identifies provisions which restrict information sharing. Detailed consideration is given to the Data Protection Act 1998, the Human Rights Act 1998, the duty of confidentiality, the Freedom of Information Act 2000 and the Environmental Information Regulations 2004.
Part 2 explores information sharing issues arising in specific areas; employment, health, children, business and criminal justice.
A key component of this text is its focus on the interaction between the various legislative provisions. Written by academics and solicitors who teach and advise on information law, it uses real life examples, practice guidance, flowcharts and checklists to demonstrate when and how information can and must be shared. The book will be invaluable to solicitors and other professionals whether they advise the public or private sector about information sharing.