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Departmental Databases

Volume 496: debated on Thursday 16 July 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what categories of personal information about members of the public are contained on each relevant database managed by his Department and its agencies; on what date each category of information began to be collected; and if he will make a statement. (285980)

The Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO)’s Data Protection Register entry with the Information Commissioner’s Office details the general categories for which the Department processes personal data for its work. They are staff administration; advertising, marketing and public relations; accounts and records; and to work for the UK’s interests in a safe, just and prosperous world. The register entry is to be renewed in September this year. Establishing the date on which each category of information began to be collected by the FCO and its agencies could be done only at disproportionate cost.