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Departmental Databases

Volume 477: debated on Friday 13 June 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence pursuant to the Answer of 1 April 2008, Official Report, column 795W, on Departmental databases, if he will list (a) the companies and (b) the categories of personal information involved. (199949)

The Ministry of Defence, including its agencies, has contracted the following US-based companies to provide services involving the use, storage, processing or analysis of databases of personal information held by the Government on UK citizens, in each case the type of personal information is indicated, both in general terms and by Data Protection Act category.

Company

Type of data

DPA category

Human Resources Technologies Inc. (Virginia)

Information about Royal Navy members and the wider RN community

Personal data (non-sensitive)

SuperLetter.Com Inc (Florida)

Details about users (serving personnel and their family and friends) of e-bluey service

Personal data (non-sensitive)

Galileo International LLC (Colorado)

Traveller details

Personal data (non-sensitive)

Carlson Wagonlit Travel (Minnesota)

Traveller details

Personal data (non-sensitive)

My answer of 1 April 2008 referred only to the first of these service providers. Since then an in-depth exercise to carry out a review of the Department’s holdings of personal data has been completed and a further three service providers (SuperLetter.Com, Galileo and Carlson Wagonlit Travel) have been confirmed.

The Department, including its agencies, has contracted with a number of UK based subsidiaries of USA registered service providers over the last five years. All those whose details are known centrally following the recent review exercise are listed as follows.

Company

Type of data

DPA category

EDS UK Ltd.

Service personnel HR and training data. Service recruit and potential recruit data.

Sensitive personal data

IBM UK Ltd.

MOD civilian HR data.

Sensitive personal data

FitLinxx UK Ltd.

Fitness training programmes for RAF personnel and records workout sessions.

Sensitive personal data

Rackspace Ltd.

Service personnel and family/friend data. Army and RN Cadet information. Civilian recruit information.

Sensitive personal data