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Departmental Data Protection

Volume 476: debated on Tuesday 20 May 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice whether any officials in (a) his Department and (b) its agencies were disciplined or dismissed for (i) breaches of data protection requirements and (ii) inappropriate use of personal or sensitive data in each of the last three years for which figures are available. (205895)

According to centrally held records in the former DCA, members of staff have been disciplined and dismissed for inappropriate use of personal or sensitive data in the last three years.

According to centrally held records in the public sector Prison Service, members of staff have been disciplined and dismissed for inappropriate use of personal or sensitive data in the last three years. In some of these cases, the inappropriate use of data is actually included as part of a wide range of charges against the members of staff.

According to centrally held records in the former NOMS and OCJR there have been no recorded cases of discipline or dismissal for breaches of data protection and inappropriate use of personal or sensitive data.