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Lessons have not been learned

Posted in database state, politicians on liberty by ukliberty on September 22, 2008

[hat-tip Dr Wibble]

Hansard:

Mr. Hoban: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether personal data held by her Department is always encrypted prior to being transferred to compact discs for transmission. [180400]
17 Sep 2008 : Column 2256W
Mr. Byrne: In line with current Cabinet Office guidance, the Home Office does not always encrypt personal data before transferring it by disc. Since 22 November 2007, the Home Office has been undertaking a review of its technical, process and procedural arrangements to ensure the risk of data being compromised is managed and reduced to a minimum.

I also refer the hon. Member to the statement made by my right hon. Friend the Prime Minister on 21 November 2007, Official Report, column 1179:

    “…I have asked the Cabinet Secretary and security experts to ensure that all Departments and all agencies check their procedures for the storage and use of data…”

An interim progress report on the review was published by the Cabinet Office through a written ministerial statement on 17 December 2007, Official Report, column 98WS. This included a recommendation to enhance the transparency with Parliament, and the public about the action taken to safeguard information and the results of that action, through publication of results Departmental annual reports and an annual report to Parliament.

Can you stop reviewing and inquiring and JUST ENCRYPT OUR DATA PLEASE?!

Thanks.

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