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Sharing data across government can deliver significant benefits but a balance must be struck with privacy a senior MP has said, arguing that closer working with private companies could help achieve this.
Crispin Blunt, a former justice minister who also held various shadow posts when the Conservatives were in opposition, said the issues of data sharing and data security were "extremely timely and important".
"There are significant efficiencies to be gained by promoting better collaboration and access to data across government departments and agencies," he told Publicservice.co.uk.
But he felt private sector expertise could be drawn on more to address challenges.
"This is a complex issue and we need to work with the private sector to ensure this is progressed in a cost efficient way with the appropriate safe guards to strike the right balance of protecting the privacy of the individual and providing more cost-effective services to the general public," he said.