The Law Commission has published a report recommending that the UK government order a full-scale review of the existing law around data sharing between public bodies. The report identified that public bodies currently do not understand when they can legally share data with one another. It recommends that a full law reform project be undertaken by the Law Commission, together with its equivalent bodies in Scotland and Northern Ireland, to clarify, simplify and modernise the law in this area, balancing privacy rights with the need for efficient public services.

Law Commission Report: Data Sharing by Public Bodies, 11 July 2014