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Departmental Data Protection

Volume 476: debated on Monday 2 June 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform 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. (205906)

The Department collects data on officials who are either disciplined or dismissed relating to breaches of data protection requirements and also for inappropriate use of personal or sensitive data. The Department is unable to provide any data as in doing so we would identify individuals involved. In identifying an individual or individuals the Department would be open to claims of breach of the Data Protection Act 1998.