Developing a Data Charter

What is a Data Charter?

Camden is developing a Data Charter, which will give us a policy framework and set of principles to guide our approach to how we use the data we hold, now and in the future.

As the use of data by public and private bodies spreads to increasingly more aspects of our lives, Camden is committed to taking a different approach by putting our residents first as we develop a data charter. We recognise that how we use data has the potential to improve how we deliver our services, but in order to do so, we must ensure that we can be transparent, accountable, and that we have earned your trust.
 
To do this, we have chosen to take a deliberative approach and consult with our residents about the challenges and opportunities surrounding our use of data. Your input and contributions will feed into Camden’s new Data Charter, we believe this is the first such document to be produced by any local authority, which will set out our principles and commitments for how we will make use of your data now and in future.
 
This is a chance for you to shape the council’s approach to data for years to come, and to set a positive example to other local authorities of how this process can be led by the needs and concerns of our residents.

 

Councillor Leo Cassarani's signature

Councillor Leo Cassarani, Cabinet Advisor, Citizens Data Charter

Labour, Swiss Cottage ward

Councillor Richard Olszewski's signature

Councillor Richard Olszewski, Cabinet Member for Finance and Transformation

Labour and Co-op Party, Fortune Green ward

Have your say

We are inviting you to share your views about how your data is used by the Council. In September 2021, we will set up a Residents' Panel that will use your comments to help write the Data Charter. 

We are currently running an online survey about Camden’s use of residents’ data: 

Give us your views 

Why we need to hear from you

We will be asking 50 of the survey respondents to have a 1-to-1 interview to ask more in-depth questions about Camden as a handler of residents’ data. This will help our Resident Panel to consider the opinions of a wider group of their fellow residents when making decisions about what should be included in Camden’s Data Charter.

We will offer each interview participant a £20 gift voucher in appreciation of their time. This can be spent in-store or online at over 150 popular brands in the high street (M&S, Boots, Argos and many more).

Things you might consider before you have your say 

  • How should data about your health and social care needs be shared to deliver the best joined up service possible whilst also protecting privacy? 
  • How do you feel about your data being confidentially shared between the NHS, the council and government contractors to help plan and improve health and care services? 
  • How do you feel about how personal data is shared for Test and Trace to balance minimising the spread of Covid-19 whist minimising intrusion into residents’ lives?

Partners

Camden council are working with the following organisations to develop the Data Charter:

Involve, the UK's leading public participation charity

The Alan Turing Institute, a national institute for data science and artificial intelligence, with headquarters at the British Library.

Wellcome, a research charity with a mission to improve health for everyone by helping great ideas to thrive.