Department for Exiting the European Union: Email and Social Media

Department for Exiting the European Union written question – answered on 8th January 2018.

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Photo of Ben Bradshaw Ben Bradshaw Labour, Exeter

To ask the Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union, what guidance has been issued to Ministers of his Department on the use of private email accounts and WhatsApp messaging to engage with outside organisations on issues relating to their ministerial responsibilities.

Photo of Steven Baker Steven Baker The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union

Upon joining the Department, Ministers for the Department for Exiting the European Union (DExEU) are provided with a departmental email account and mobile phone, which they may use for correspondence and calls relating to their ministerial duties.

DExEU Ministers are briefed by both the Centre for the Protection of National Infrastructure (CPNI) and National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC) on a range of topics, including the correct use of departmental IT assets.

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