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Departmental Data Protection

Volume 495: debated on Friday 3 July 2009

To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills how many notifications his Department made to the Information Commissioner in the year ended 30 April 2009 in respect of the loss or mishandling of personal information or data; what was notified in each such case; and how many individuals were the subjects of personal information or data in respect of which such notifications were made. (278741)

Under the mandatory requirements of the Data Handling Report published on 25 June 2008 Departments are required to give a summary report on data breaches reported to the Information Commissioner in their annual resource accounts.

The Department for Enterprise and Regulatory Reform has reported on personal data breaches in the 2007-08 annual resource account and this can be found at:

We will be publishing information on personal data security breaches reported to the Information Commissioner for the 2008-09 reporting year before Parliament rises in July. I am however, pleased to report that there were no losses of personal protected data reported to Information Commissioners Office in 2008-09.