Fire Services: Data Protection

Communities and Local Government written question – answered on 15th October 2008.

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Photo of Stewart Jackson Stewart Jackson Shadow Minister (Communities and Local Government)

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what steps she is taking to safeguard sensitive data during transfer between fire and rescue services to central databases at data centres identified under the FiReControl project; and if she will make a statement.

Photo of Sadiq Khan Sadiq Khan The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government

The FiReControl project will ensure that all data transfers between Fire and Rescue Services and the FiReControl central database will be fully protected and encrypted, commensurate with the type of data being transferred, in alignment with HMG standards and good practice guidance written by CESG, the information assurance arm of GCHQ. In line with CESG guidance, technical measures are complemented with physical, personnel and procedural measures. These will be fully tested and assured, and subject to ongoing review to ensure a comprehensive approach to safeguard all information.

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