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Departmental Data Protection

International Development written question – answered on 21st May 2008.

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Photo of James Brokenshire James Brokenshire Shadow Minister (Home Affairs)

To ask the Secretary of State for International Development whether any officials in his Department were disciplined or dismissed for (a) breaches of data protection requirements and (b) inappropriate use of personal or sensitive data in each of the last three years for which figures are available.

Photo of Gillian Merron Gillian Merron Parliamentary Under-Secretary, Department for International Development

In the last three years, the Department for International Development (DFID) disciplined or dismissed (a) no staff for breaches of data protection requirements and (b) fewer than five staff for inappropriate use of personal or sensitive data, with all action taking place in 2006-07. Due to the small number, a breakdown by number, employment status and outcome is not made public on the grounds of confidentiality.

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