Jersey Probation and After-Care Service Data Protection 2011
Produced by the
Probation and After-care (Non-executives and legal departments)
and published on
31 Dec 2011
Prepared internally, no external cost
As I said in launching the public consultation on the draft of this
code, under the right circumstances and for the right reasons,
data sharing across and between organisations can play a crucial
role in providing a better, more efficient service to customers in
a range of sectors – both public and private. But citizens’ and
consumers’ rights under the Data Protection Act must be respected.
Organisations that don’t understand what can and cannot be done
legally are as likely to disadvantage their clients through excessive
caution as they are by carelessness. But when things go wrong this
can cause serious harm. We want citizens and consumers to be able
to benefit from the responsible sharing of information, confident
that their personal data is being handled responsibly and securely.
Following the consultation, we’ve been able to take on board many
helpful points made by our stakeholders. I am grateful to everyone
who has helped to make this code as comprehensive and helpful
The code’s title refers to ‘data sharing’. That is to use the language
of the new provisions of the Data Protection Act – and it’s that
legislation that requires me to produce this code. But the code isn’t
really about ‘sharing’ in the plain English sense. It’s more about
different types of disclosure, often involving many organisations
and very complex information chains; chains that grow ever longer,
crossing organisational and even national boundaries.
Information rights are higher than ever on the public agenda.
That’s because more and more transactions are done online – by
us or about us. Shopping, entertainment, banking, communicating,
socialising – but also tax, pensions, benefits, health records, council
services and so on. That’s not going to go away – in fact, it’s only
going to grow.