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Departments: Data Protection

Home Department written question – answered on 6th June 2007.

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Photo of Grant Shapps Grant Shapps Co-Chair, Conservative Party

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many times his Department was found to have been in breach of the Data Protection Act 1998 in each of the last five years; and if he will make a statement.

Photo of Liam Byrne Liam Byrne Minister of State (Home Office) (Immigration and Asylum)

The definition of 'found to have been in breach' can be broad. Depending on their nature, breaches by Government Departments of the Data Protection Act 1998 can be dealt with by the Information Commissioner, the Courts or by Departments at an informal local level.

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