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Departmental Data Protection

Volume 502: debated on Wednesday 16 December 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many thefts of data from the Labour Market System database have been identified in each of the last five years. (303038)

[holding answer 30 November 2009]: The Department takes very seriously its responsibility to protect personal information. If individual employees are found to have misused their position (for example, by accessing without authority information that is recorded on any of the Department's databases), then such matters will be dealt with firmly, including dismissal and, where appropriate, prosecution.

Incidents will normally be investigated and dealt with locally. However, details of such incidents, and the action taken, are not recorded centrally, and to obtain this information in respect of the last five years would involve disproportionate cost.