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Revenue and Customs: Databases

Volume 470: debated on Wednesday 23 January 2008

To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what personal data held by HM Revenue and Customs has been copied to compact disc for transfer to external agencies since 15 December 2007. (180247)

Following the child benefit data loss incident HMRC have introduced more stringent controls which require that transfers of bulk data on removable media only take place where there is adequate security protection. The transfer of personal data only takes place when it is essential to do so due to a business critical need or in order to meet the Department’s legal obligations.

To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer whether data of individuals’ records held by HM Revenue and Customs has been transferred without encryption between HM Revenue and Customs and external agencies since 15 December 2007. (180434)

Following the child benefit data loss incident, HMRC have introduced more stringent controls which require that transfers of customer data only take place with adequate security protection.

For more detail on the changes made, I refer the hon. Member to Kieran Poynter’s interim report that was published on 17 December 2007 and is available in the Library of the House.