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Departmental Data Protection

Volume 495: debated on Tuesday 30 June 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many breaches of information security there have been at his Department and its predecessor in the last five years. (281069)

In the last five years there have been seven breaches of information security. The Department for Children, Schools and Families and its agencies report all significant personal data security breaches to the Cabinet Office and the ICO. Information on personal data security breaches are published on an annual basis in the Department's annual resource accounts as was announced in the Data Handling Review published on 25 June 2008.

Additionally, all significant control weaknesses including other significant security breaches are included in the Statement of Internal Control which is published within the annual resource accounts.