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Departmental Databases

Volume 473: debated on Monday 17 March 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport whether (a) companies based in the United States and (b) UK subsidiaries of US companies have been contracted by her Department and its agencies to provide services involving the use, storage, processing or analysis of databases of personal information held by the Government on UK citizens in the last five years. (188222)

The information requested is as follows:

(a) The Department for Transport including its agencies has contracted with US registered service providers to manage (aspects of) storage, processing or analysis of personal information.

(b) The Department, including its agencies has contracted with UK subsidiaries of US registered service providers to manage (aspects of) storage, processing or analysis of personal information.

The Data Protection Act 1998 includes provisions to ensure that personal data benefits from adequate protection when it is transferred outside the European Economic Area1 by UK data controllers. Contracts are based on UK contract law with the applicable statutory safeguards.

1 The 27 EU member states plus Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway.