The Kent Information Sharing Agreement: What it is and why it matters
The Kent Information Sharing Agreement (KISA) is a legally binding agreement between Kent County Council and its partners that aims to ensure the secure and responsible sharing of personal information. It outlines the principles and processes for sharing information in a way that protects the privacy and confidentiality of individuals while also allowing for effective collaboration and service delivery.
The KISA was developed in response to changes in legislation, technology, and public expectations around data protection and privacy. It recognizes the importance of sharing information to improve outcomes for individuals and communities, but also the need to do so in a way that is transparent, accountable, and proportionate.
Under the KISA, partners agree to follow a set of principles that govern the sharing of personal information. These include:
1. Privacy: Personal information should only be collected, used, and shared where it is necessary and proportionate to achieve a specific purpose.
2. Security: Personal information must be protected from unauthorized access, loss, or corruption.
3. Transparency: Individuals should be informed about how their personal information will be used and who it will be shared with. They also have the right to access their own personal information.
4. Accountability: Partners are responsible for ensuring that they comply with relevant legislation and best practice guidance, and can demonstrate this through regular monitoring and review.
The KISA also sets out a clear process for sharing information, including the need for a specific purpose and legal basis for sharing, informed consent from individuals where possible, and appropriate safeguards to protect privacy and confidentiality.
So, why does the KISA matter? Put simply, it is essential for effective partnership working in Kent. By having a clear and agreed framework for sharing personal information, partners can work together more efficiently and effectively, reducing duplication and improving outcomes for individuals and communities. It also provides reassurance to individuals that their personal information is being treated with respect and care, and that their privacy and confidentiality are being protected.
In summary, the Kent Information Sharing Agreement is a vital tool for ensuring the secure and responsible sharing of personal information in Kent. By following the principles and processes set out in the KISA, partners can work together more effectively and improve outcomes for individuals and communities while also protecting privacy and confidentiality. As such, it is an essential part of any effective and responsible service delivery in Kent.