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The Department takes its responsibilities to protect personal data extremely seriously.
The Department informs the Information Commissioner's Office (ICO) of serious incidents involving personal data that arise, and publishes details of such cases in the annual resource accounts.
One incident arose in September 2011, where a package intended for storage archives was delivered to an incorrect address, but subsequently recovered.
As a precaution, all the 150 individuals whose data was contained in the package were informed and given advice about protecting their information. The incident was also reported in the relevant annual resource accounts.
Aside from that incident there have been no other serious incidents involving the movement of documents between storage offices that have been reported to the ICO since 1990.
Less serious incidents involving personal data that arise are managed locally, and the details of these are not collated centrally. To provide these would incur disproportionate cost.