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Departmental Files

Volume 87: debated on Monday 18 November 1985

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asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department what arrangements operate for the logging of those who have access to (a) computer and (b) manual files kept by his Department on individuals; and if he 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.The control and routing of manual files within the Department conform with generally recognised and accepted service-wide procedures for, the safeguarding of personally sensitive and confidential information.