To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many of his Department's documents have been lost since 2017; and how many of those documents were deemed sensitive.
Information relating to departments reported lost are collated on a financial year basis rather than a calendar year. As you have requested for information since 2017, I am providing information beginning from the reporting year 2016/2017.
Reporting of information relates to documents containing personal data rather than all documents. The department captures personal data loss incidents, these are broken down into the following categories:
We do not capture the loss of documents according to the classification levels so these incidents include both official and sensitive data.
Throughout this period the department has taken significant action to increase both awareness and reporting. This has led to an increase of both suspected and actual data breaches which is reflected in these figures.
This information is already made publicly available through the department’s annual report, this also includes details of where the Information Commissioner's Office has been notified due to the incident. These reports are available for 2016/17, 2017/18, 2018/19. The annual report for 2019/20 is set for publication later this year.
I have provided a copy of these reports for reference below.