Departmental Data Protection

Health 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 Secretary of State for Health when his Department appointed a senior information risk owner in accordance with the report, Data Handling Procedures in Government and the accompanying document Cross-departmental Actions: Mandatory Minimum Action; when the appointment was made; and what grade the person holds within the Department.

Photo of Ben Bradshaw Ben Bradshaw Minister of State (Regional Affairs) (South West), The Minister of State, Department of Health

The Department appointed a senior information risk owner (SIRO) on 15 March 2004 in response to a letter from Cabinet Office in February 2004, and consequently before the requirements for such an appointment in the report, "Data Handling Procedures in Government" and the accompanying document "Cross-departmental Actions: Mandatory Minimum Action".

The SIRO is a director general.

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