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Departmental Data Protection

Volume 472: debated on Monday 25 February 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) when each electronic database in her Department containing personal information on members of the public was first created; (169719)

(2) how many security breaches relating to access to personal data occurred within her Department in each year since 1997;

(3) how many staff of each grade have access to electronic databases in her Department which contain personal information on members of the public;

(4) how many times databases in her Department containing personal information on members of the public have been accessed in each month of the last five years;

(5) how many times databases in her Department containing personal information on members of the public have been transferred (a) physically and (b) electronically in each year since 1997;

(6) how many requests her Department has received from the National Audit Office for access to its databases containing personal information on members of the public in each year since 1997;

(7) what provisions her Department has in place to ensure that its databases containing personal information on members of the public are not accessed (a) by unauthorised staff and (b) for unauthorised purposes.

I refer the hon. Member to the statement made by my right hon. Friend the Prime Minister on 21 November 2007, Official Report, column 1179W.

The review by the Cabinet Secretary and security experts is looking at procedures within Departments and agencies for the storage and use of data. A statement on Departments' procedures will be made on completion of the review.

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) on how many occasions there have been data security breaches in her Department in the last year; (180374)

(2) on how many occasions officials in her Department and its agencies have been disciplined for breaching departmental guidelines on data security in the last 12 months;

(3) how many times officials in her Department and its agencies have been disciplined for breaching the terms of the Data Protection Act in the last 12 months.

Except in exceptional cases, when it is in the public interest, it has been the policy of successive Governments not to comment on breaches of security.