Data-sharing agreements are intellectual property rights, but very small rights. Databases are protected by copyright, but in the United States they have very little or no copyright protection, but have more robust protection elsewhere. For more information, see the intellectual property clause. A data-sharing agreement is an agreement between a party with useful data (the Discloser) and a party that searches for data for research on (the recipient) under which the public agrees to share its data with the recipient. These could be two universities that agree to share data for research cooperation, one or more private companies active in research or development, and even a government agency working with a private agency. In the absence of strong intellectual property rights to protect data and databases in the United States, data-sharing agreements work best if they are part of a broader agreement among research partners. An individual agreement on data sharing is not intended to supplant the greater agreement between the partners, but to complement and support a particular aspect of the broader agreement. For a detailed overview of the role of a data-sharing agreement in a larger project among research partners, see Data Sharing: Paige Backlund Jarquin MPH, Colorado Clinical and Translational Sciences Institute – Rocky Mountain Prevention Research Center. We intend to publish the details of our information sharing agreements if, in the meantime, you have any questions regarding the agreements we have, please contact the data protection team. Information-sharing agreements are agreements that lay the legal basis for the use of personal data by the public sector across traditional organizational boundaries, in order to obtain better strategies and provide better services. The law rightly provides guarantees for the use of personal data (data protection law, human rights and common law) and organisational costs associated with complying with these conditions.
It is important that these safeguards exist and are properly applied.