The Information Commissioner's Office is releasing guidance to help public and private-sector organisations share personal information securely.

The framework will explain how businesses can set up their own arrangements to ensure that good practice is adopted when personal data needs to be shared.

When to share data, what information to give, the consequences of sharing and consent issues, are just some of the areas to be included in the guidelines, according to the ICO.

The code of practice will also cover security issues, accuracy of information and retention periods, the privacy watchdog said.

“There are risks to sharing personal information especially as technology makes it easier to store large amounts of sensitive data about people’s private lives,” warned Iain Bourne, head of data protection projects at the ICO, in a statement.

“Information must be shared in a secure, lawful and responsible way in order to maintain public trust and confidence,” he added.