“Protecting Information in Government” report

Last week the Cabinet Office launched the report on Protecting Information in Government (http://www.cabinetoffice.gov.uk/media/328380/protecting-information.pdf)  

The report outlines progress that has been made since 2008 and the publication of the Data Handling Review.  The Review put in place a set of mandatory measures for protecting personal data in central government departments, and highlights future challenges.   The body of the report includes some detail about the activities undertaken by departments featuring in the central government hall of shame (mostly).  Appendix A details progress made against the specific objectives of the data handling review.

Thankfully the report is mostly positive – although much of government was starting from a low base in its approach to the security of personal information.  One of the wider positive outcomes (unfortunately from a very negative sequence of events) is that many ordinary people are now much more savvy about the use of their personal data.  For example, at the time of writing the proposal “Scrap ID cards and roll back the database state” is the second most popular proposition on the Power 2010 website.

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