How do we identify and assess the risks and benefits of sharing information?

Sharing information brings risks and benefits which may impact upon your organisation, the partnerships that you engage in, and your customers or clients.

It is important that risks associated with sharing information are fully understood and embedded within wider risk management strategies. It is also important to understand the benefits that sharing information appropriately can bring to your organisation, partnership or customers.

Risks associated with sharing information (PDF)

How do we identify and assess risks to privacy?

Tools to support the identification, assessment and management of information sharing risks:

Information sharing risk management: key questions (PDF)

Identifying information sharing risks: key questions (PDF)

Identifying information sharing risks: impact and action (PDF)

Identifying information sharing risks: action planning template (PDF)

Workshop activity: identifying risks (PDF)

Tool to support the identification of the benefits of information sharing:

Identifying the potential benefits of sharing information (PDF)

Further reading:

DCLG research  into the benefits associated with personal data sharing at local partnership level (PDF)

Appendices to DCLG research into the benefits associated with personal data sharing at local partnership level (PDF)

For guidance on information risks:

Managing Information Risk: a guide for accounting officers, board members and senior information risk owners (PDF)

For general guidance on risk management:

HM Treasury website: risk guidance