Departmental Data Protection

Independent Parliamentary Standards Authority Committee written question – answered on 28th February 2012.

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Photo of David Davis David Davis Conservative, Haltemprice and Howden 28th February 2012

To ask the hon. Member for Broxbourne, representing the Speaker's Committee for the Independent Parliamentary Standards Authority, how many cases of (a) data loss and (b) breaches of confidentiality occurred in the Independent Parliamentary Standards Authority in 2011.

Photo of Charles Walker Charles Walker Conservative, Broxbourne 28th February 2012

holding answer 23 February 2012

The information requested falls within the responsibility of the Independent Parliamentary Standards Authority (IPSA). I have asked IPSA to reply.

Letter from Andrew McDonald, dated 24 February 201 2

As Chief Executive of the Independent Parliamentary Standards Authority, I have been asked to reply to your Parliamentary Question asking about cases of data loss and breaches of confidentiality at IPSA in 2011.

There were two cases of data loss:

An IPSA BlackBerry was stolen during a household burglary. The BlackBerry was security protected and encrypted.

A personal computer owned by an IPSA employee was stolen during a household burglary. The computer did not contain sensitive personal data.

There have been no breaches of confidentiality.

There are two incidents recorded in IPSA's information security log where an email message was sent to the wrong MP. Neither message contained sensitive personal data.

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