Human Rights Act 1998

Personal data must be handled in accordance with the Data Protection Act (DPA).

The Human Rights Act (HRA) safeguards the right to respect for personal information. Lapses in data protection may contravene the HRA.

Data sharing is not, in human rights terms, objectionable in itself, but it often raises human rights concerns. Public bodies must show that any proposal for data sharing is justifiable and proportionate and that appropriate safeguards are in place