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Data Handling Procedures in Government - Final Report Published
The final report on data handling procedures across government was published on
On 21 November, the Prime Minister announced that he had asked the Cabinet Secretary, with the advice of security experts, to work with Departments to ensure that all Departments and all agencies check their procedures for the storage and use of data. An Interim Report, published on 17 December, summarised action taken across Government, and set out initial directions of reform to strengthen the Government's arrangements.
The final report summarises work conducted in Departments to improve data handling.
It further sets out how the Government is improving information security by putting in place:
- core measures to protect personal data and other information across Government;
- a culture that properly values, protects and uses information;
- stronger accountability mechanisms within Departments; and
- stronger scrutiny of performance.
The measures being put in place represent a new set of minimum mandatory standards for Departments.
The Cabinet Secretary's work was informed in part by a review of information assurance by Nick Coleman, also published on 25 June
Two other reports were also published on
- The final report from Kieran Poynter, the Chairman and Senior Partner of PricewaterhouseCoopers, appointed on 20 November 2007 by the Chancellor to investigate the circumstances that led to the significant loss of confidential personal data on Child Benefit recipients and other recent losses of confidential data and the lessons to be learnt.
- The report into the Loss of MoD Personal Data by Sir Edmund Burton and MOD’s action plans in response to the report.