Government Departments: Data Protection

Cabinet Office written question – answered on 3rd December 2018.

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Photo of Jo Platt Jo Platt Shadow Minister (Cabinet Office)

To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what factors are taken into consideration when decisions are taken on storing government data by contracted private sector cloud companies.

Photo of Oliver Dowden Oliver Dowden The Parliamentary Secretary, Cabinet Office

In order to establish the merits of storing government data with a contracted private sector cloud company, departments should use the Technology Code of Practice principles and follow the government Cloud First policy. Both of these policies provide clear guidelines of the things a department should consider, recognising that there is not one single solution for all departments.

It is the responsibility of each government department to take risk-based decisions about their use of cloud providers for the storage of government data up to “OFFICIAL” level. When considering a commercial provider, departments should take into account the cloud security principles developed by the National Cyber Security Centre (https://www.ncsc.gov.uk/guidance/implementing-cloud-security-principles).

Finally, the solution must provide the best value for the taxpayer.

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