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Departmental Data Protection

Northern Ireland written question – answered on 11th June 2009.

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

To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many notifications his Department made to the Information Commissioner in the year ended 30 April 2009 in respect of the loss or mishandling of personal information or data; what was notified in each such case; and how many individuals were the subjects of personal information or data in respect of which such notifications were made.

Photo of Paul Goggins Paul Goggins Minister of State, Northern Ireland Office

Under the mandatory requirements of the Data Handling Report published on 25 June 2008, the Northern Ireland Office is required to give a summary report on data breaches reported to the Information Commissioner in our annual resource accounts.

The Northern Ireland Office has reported on personal data breaches in the 2007-08 annual resource account and this can be found at:

We will be publishing information on personal data security breaches reported to the Information Commissioner for the 2008-09 reporting year before Parliament rises in July. The information is currently being compiled and is to be audited and verified before it is laid before Parliament.

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