Thames Valley Police data sharing project receives ICO Sandbox approval

24/11/2023 | Thames Valley Police

Thames Valley Police and the Violence Reduction Unit have developed a new multi-agency data-sharing system called Thames Valley Together (TVT), which has received positive feedback from the Information Commissioner's Office (ICO) after participating in its Regulatory Sandbox.

The system enables data from the police, local authorities, HM Prisons & Probation, health, and fire services to be placed into a single shared platform, enabling specialists to view all information about a particular person or aggregated data for a specific geography. The TVT project is still in a developmental stage, but with the system already built and more organisations sharing data, it has received Home Office funding to scale up nationwide.

Claire Chadwick, Regulatory SandboxGroup Manager for the ICO, said:

“By using our sandbox service, Thames Valley Police can ensure they build a system that enables partner organisations to share data in a responsible way to reduce serious crime. In implementing data protection by design and default, they are demonstrating their commitment to transparency and sharing data safely for the benefit of the public.”

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