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Departmental Data Protection

Volume 485: debated on Wednesday 17 December 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many civil servants in his Department have been (a) investigated, (b) suspended and (c) dismissed for (i) losing and (ii) deliberately disclosing (A) data stored on departmental equipment and (B) confidential information in each year since 1997. (242922)

In the past two years no member of the Department's staff has been investigated, suspended or dismissed for losing or deliberately disclosing either data stored on departmental equipment or confidential information.

Prior to April 2006 the human resources records of the Department were not held centrally and it would incur disproportionate cost to establish the information requested.

Policy and procedures on security are constantly reviewed. Data held on the Department's laptops and portable media devices, including memory sticks are encrypted to minimise the risk of confidential data being compromised should the devices be lost or stolen.