How To Share Stuff

What to do Before You Share

Get permission

If you’re employed by an organisation to do something, it’s more than likely they own whatever you produce. This means you need to get their permission before you share their stuff.

The ease of this can range from asking your boss once, to having to put together a case for doing so, taking this to senior management and if approved getting every share signed-off.

Be secure

Never share anything containing passwords, keys, private data, or anything similar. If you don’t take this seriously you could be risking a visit from the Information Commissioner's Office and you could be opening systems and third party accounts up for the world to access.

If in doubt, ask.

If you’re ever unsure about what you can share or how to share it, it’s always better to check first. Information made available online is very difficult, if not impossible, to remove. Data protection officers, data owners and other stakeholders will be able to advise on the most appropriate way options for sharing things.

If you’re still unsure, you can always ask online to see if anyone else has had a similar experience.

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