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Departmental ICT

Volume 472: debated on Monday 25 February 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what obligations her Department and its agencies place on contractors in relation to the audit of personal data and IT equipment. (176464)

Home Department contracts include obligations on the contractor to comply with legislative requirements such as the Data Protection Act 1998 and these are set out in our model terms and conditions. Those contracts with ICT obligations have more specific audit requirements incorporated into their contracts. All personal data are to be protected in accordance with legislative requirements.

The individual business units within the Home Department develop and review policy, procedures and processes with regard to their own security and data handling requirements and central guidance and policies such as that issued by the Cabinet Office.