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As part of ‘Putting the frontline first: Smarter Government’, the Ministry of Justice (MOJ) has been tasked with making it easier for public services to join up by establishing a set of common protocols and reviewing the legal framework that governs the way in which public services exchange information. MOJ is delivering on this objective through a variety of work streams, including:
revising the departmental 2003 legal guidance on data sharing;
developing Government guidance on privacy impact assessments;
liaising with the Information Commissioner's Office on its statutory code of practice on data sharing;
consulting other Government Departments on the further guidance and information sharing protocols they need; and
exploring in more detail the barriers to the exchange of information between public services, and how legislative and non-legislative options might reduce these barriers and ensure proportionate and lawful information exchange can take place to improve public services, while ensuring that individuals' personal data is protected.