The Data Charter

A Data Charter guides how we collect, process and share data ethically. 

In 2021, a resident panel developed a Data Charter for Camden. The panel was diverse and represented the community. In January 2023, another diverse Resident Panel met to review the work. 

The 2023 panel looked at: 

  • the Data Charter 
  • Camden’s commitments to the Data Charter  
  • the work that had been done since the first panel 

Why have we created a Data Charter? 

We believe that data rights are human rights. We make  use of a wide range of data  to improve residents' experiences with council services.  

We know it is not always easy to have trust in organisations that use people’s personal information. We want to lead the way and act as a responsible custodian of data. 

All organisations in Camden need to work together to have the biggest impact on building trust in data sharing. 

Watch this video for more information about why we have created a Data Charter

You can also find out about how we developed the Data Charter

Data Charter principles 

The principles of the Data Charter are: 

  1. Build trust through transparency 
  2. Provide accountability and oversight 
  3. Make sure data is secure, safe and ethical 
  4. Make sure data is used for public good and be mindful of residents' data 
  5. Be beneficial for all by using an outcomes-based approach 
  6. Camden’s external partners should sign up to the Data Charter principles 
  7. Protect individuals' rights and privacy 
  8. Ensuring that the information we share about data use is clear and accessible 

To make sure these principles are kept, we have made a set of commitments in response to the Data Charter.  

Read the Data Charter 

For more information about the Data Charter, you can read the full document. This includes information on: 

  • its principles 
  • the vision 
  • governance  
  • success criteria 

You can download our full Data Charter using the links below: 

Camden Council's Data Charter (PDF) 

Camden Council's Data Charter – Easy read version (PDF) 

Camden Council's Data Charter - large print version (PDF)

Camden Council's Data Charter - easy English version (PDF)

If you have any questions about the Data Charter or data use in Camden, email CamdensDataCharter@camden.gov.uk