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Departmental Files (Access)

Volume 87: debated on Monday 18 November 1985

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asked the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food 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.

Access to computer records on individuals held by my Department is restricted by a system of access controls and frequently changed passwords. This is in line with the Central Government Code of Practice No. 21, issued by the Central Computer and Telecommunication Agency.Manual files on individuals bear an appropriate security classification to protect against unauthorised disclosure and their movement within the Department is recorded in line with Office Procedures.In both cases access is restricted to staff on a "need to know" basis.