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Departmental Data Protection

Volume 495: debated on Wednesday 1 July 2009

To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills how many breaches of information security there have been at (a) his Department and its predecessors and (b) its agencies in the last five years. (281081)

In the last five years there have been 14 breaches of information security recorded in my Department.

The Department and its agencies report all significant data security breaches to the Cabinet Office and ICO. Information on 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 resource accounts.

The Department takes its data security responsibilities very seriously. We have strict security policies in place, and ensure staff have sufficient information and are trained to meet their responsibilities.

BIS Agency chief executives will be responding separately.