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Databases (Security Breaches)

Volume 450: debated on Thursday 19 October 2006

To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs how many confirmed security breaches of databases controlled by her Department occurred in each of the last five years; whether the breach resulted from internal or external sources in each case; how many records were compromised on each occasion; and what estimate was made of the total number of records accessible to the individuals concerned. (92834)

There have been two incidents in my Department. The first occurred in 2001 and the second happened in July 2006. Both breaches resulted from external sources: the information was compromised when IT equipment was stolen from departmental accommodation. No information was recorded on the number of records compromised in the first incident; the second incident is under investigation.