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Data Banks

Volume 981: debated on Tuesday 18 March 1980

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asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department what steps he is taking to protect data banks, in view of the commercial importance of such protection for British companies in their dealings with foreign companies.

The report of the Data Protection Committee published in December 1978—Cmnd. 7341—included recommendations designed to improve the security of computerised data relating to individuals. I am considering these recommendations in the light of the outcome of the consultations on the report initiated by my predecessor, and I fully set up a new working party to consider how this decline can be reversed.