The Information Commissioner’s Office has recently published a Code of Practice for the sharing of personal information.  The Code sets out the model of good practice for public, private and third-sector organisations where the same data sets are shared between the same organisations for an established purpose as well as one-off instances where a decision is made to release data to a third party.  The Code follows consultation on a draft code in October 2010.  Among other things, the Code covers using cloud computing facilities to process personal data, using personal data to market goods and collecting a person’s details through an online application form.  It also includes details of the steps the Information Commissioner’s Office may take and the penalties it may impose if organisations do not comply with their obligations under the Data Protection Act 1998.  There are some helpful practical examples and case studies. To see please click here.