VIPER stands for Vulnerability Indicators for Properties in Emergency Response.
What is VIPER?
VIPER contains two key elements, firstly it is a set of data policies and procedures that enable vulnerability indicators to be quickly shared during an emergency. Secondly, VIPER is a software tool that processes this data, visualises it, and allows emergency responders to identify the location of vulnerable households during an emergency.
When is VIPER used?
VIPER should be used in response to a major incident for the purpose of emergency response and is not for identifing vulnerable households during business-as-usual (BAU).
Does VIPER need data sharing agreements to be in place?
VIPER proposes a hub-and-spoke model of data sharing, where multiple agencies hold one agreement with the VIPER entity, opposed to the complexity of serval agreements. The VIPER entity only acts as a data processor for organisations sharing data and using it in emergency response. Data on vulnerable households is only accessed in emergency response situations that meet the thresholds outlined in the Civil Contingencies Act, 2004.
Does VIPER use personal data?
The approach of VIPER to sharing data on a property profile basis opposed to a personal basis means personal data is restricted to exclude name and other non-essential information, and no special category data is shared.
How is VIPER funded?
VIPER is funded by the Department for Levelling Up Housing and Communities, through