Registration of Births Deaths Marriages and Civil Partnerships: Data Protection

Treasury written question – answered on 28th January 2008.

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Photo of Paddy Tipping Paddy Tipping Labour, Sherwood

To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what safeguards he has put in place to ensure that death registration data disclosed under the Supply of Information (Register of Deaths) Regulations 2007 will not be available to those not entitled to it.

Photo of Angela Eagle Angela Eagle The Exchequer Secretary, Member, Labour Party National Executive Committee

The information requested falls within the responsibility of the National Statistician who has been asked to reply.

Letter from Karen Dunnell, 28 January 2008:

As National Statistician and Registrar General for England and Wales I have been asked to reply to your recent parliamentary question about the safeguards that will be put in place to ensure that death registration data disclosed under the Supply of Information (Register of Deaths) Regulations 2007 will not be available to those not entitled to it. (180900)

Applicants for the data will be subject to a rigorous two stage application process to ensure that they will be using the data lawfully and that they adhere to the appropriate physical and data security standards for its receipt, access and processing. Data will be encrypted and transferred from GRO to a named individual in each organisation by secure courier.

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