Data Protection

House of Commons Commission written question – answered on 8th September 2014.

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Photo of Greg Knight Greg Knight Conservative, East Yorkshire

To ask the hon. Member for Caithness, Sutherland and Easter Ross, representing the House of Commons Commission, what reassessment has been made of the security of files and emails containing sensitive material relating to constituents being stored by PICT in a cloud system in the light of the recent security breach of the iCloud system.

Photo of John Thurso John Thurso Chair, Finance and Services Committee, Chair, Finance and Services Committee

It is not the practice of the Commission to comment on security matters in any detail.

However, Parliamentary ICT does not use the iCloud System and was not impacted by recent reported security breaches of this system.

We use a Government accredited Cloud service for emails and files.

Parliamentary ICT took advice from Legal Services and the Director of Parliamentary Security, scrutinising the agreement with the Cloud service supplier to confirm that safeguards are in place to protect the security of data when it entered into these arrangements.

Further advice and guidance for Members can be found on the ICT security pages on the Parliamentary Intranet.

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