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Departmental Files

Volume 87: debated on Monday 18 November 1985

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asked the Prime Minister what arrangements operate for the logging of those who have access to (a) computer and (b) manual files kept on individuals by the Cabinet Office and staff of 10 Downing Street; and if she will describe the procedures in operation for both categories.

Specific guidelines on security of automatically processed data in Government Departments are observed. They are contained in 'Protection of Information in Computer Systems' and 'Central Government Code of Practice No. 21', issued by the Central Computer and Telecommunications Agency, which give recommended procedures to safeguard data in computer installations. Copies of these guidelines have been placed in the Library.Access to manual files is restricted to nominated staff appointed to designated posts in the Cabinet Office and 10 Downing Street.