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Revenue and Customs: Data Protection

Volume 507: debated on Tuesday 16 March 2010

To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what steps have been taken to improve data security at HM Revenue and Customs premises since 2008-09. (317291)

HMRC has an extensive programme of work to improve data security. This programme ran throughout 2008-09 and is continuing.

Key activities have included:

clarifying accountabilities for data security;

improving physical and technical controls on access to and movement of bulk data, and use of removable media; and

driving cultural change through mandatory training for all staff, improved guidance and targeted communication.