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Members: Email

Volume 504: debated on Thursday 21 January 2010

To ask the hon. Member for North Devon, representing the House of Commons Commission with reference to the answer of 12 November 2009, Official Report, column 622W, on “Members: email”, whether PICT has had discussions with representatives of Pretty Good Privacy (PGP) to find a technical fix to allow PGP software to be used on hon. Members' computers in a way which is not incompatible with Parliament's current version of VPN (remote access) software. (312432)

No. PICT provide support to an alternative encryption software product which is deemed to be completely satisfactory. However, Members are not restricted to using the encryption product that PICT offer and support, and can choose to use other products, including PGP.

To ask the hon. Member for North Devon, representing the House of Commons Commission with reference to the answer of 12 November 2009, Official Report, column 622W, on “Members: email”, if the House of Commons Commission will ask PICT to undertake a further evaluation of whether Pretty Good Privacy software can be used by hon. Members following the introduction of new versions of the PGP email proxy and the Infoexpress VPN client. (312433)

No, there is no need to do so. Members are not restricted to using the encryption product that PICT offer and support.