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Departmental Data Protection

Volume 472: debated on Monday 25 February 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence whether personal data for which his Department is responsible is (a) stored and (b) processed overseas; and if he will make a statement. (176022)

Personal data, mainly on MOD employees and their dependents, for which the Department is responsible are stored and processed in permanent and deployed units overseas, but within UK jurisdiction. Similar data are also held on overseas based and locally employed staff by Defence Attach├ęs in British embassies. The volume of personal data held outside the Defence overseas footprint is not currently held centrally. As part of the departmental response to the Cabinet Office-led Review into data handling procedures in Government, an internal review is currently establishing a more comprehensive assessment of personal data held and accessed overseas.