Departmental Data Protection

Treasury written question – answered on 12th January 2009.

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Photo of Shailesh Vara Shailesh Vara Shadow Deputy Leader of the House of Commons

To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many contracts (a) his Department and (b) its agencies have which allow contractors to store personal data of UK citizens overseas; for which contracts this applies; in which countries the data for each contract is held; and how many people have their data stored overseas in the case of each such contract.

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

The Treasury has one supplier that stores personal data abroad. The contractor provides travel agency services under a pan-Government framework owned by and the data are stored in the USA under a safe harbour agreement.

The Debt Management Office holds one contract that it manages on behalf of the Treasury, which allows the storage of personal data of UK citizens overseas. This contract is for the Gilt Registration Service and states that personal data must be kept within the European Economic Area (EEA). Currently all these data are stored within the UK.

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