Date lodged: 22 August 2017
To ask the Scottish Government, in light of it stating in the Privacy Impact Assessment for the Social Security (Scotland) Bill that it plans to bring forward amendments at Stage 2 to provide for new information sharing gateways, (a) for what reason these proposals were not published when the bill was introduced and (b) whether the proposals will be published before the Social Security Committee concludes its Stage 1 consideration.
Answered by: Jeane Freeman 12 September 2017
The Privacy Impact Assessment for the Social Security (Scotland) Bill does note a proposal, by the Scottish Government, for a Stage 2 amendment on data sharing. This was included in the interests of openness and transparency. This provision was not included in the Bill for system design reasons. If, by the conclusion of Committee’s stage 1 evidence gathering process and after the publication of Committee’s Stage 1 report, it is clear that new legislative gateways are needed to enable data sharing for devolved assistance, or existing gateways require amendment, then the Scottish Government will bring forward proposals during stage 2.