Feeds

DWP goes old school - loses paper docs, hangs onto e-data

Accidental paperless office

Gartner critical capabilities for enterprise endpoint backup

The Department for Work and Pensions has reported data leaks from paper but none from electronic devices over the year.

Its resources accounts for 2009-10 (pdf) reveal that in April 2009 it lost paper documents from its offices which contained the names, dates of birth, national insurance numbers and bank details of 145 people.

But the DWP reported no losses from electronic devices. This compares with one minor incident the previous year when an unprotected electronic storage device containing personal details, with the potential to affect eight people, went missing.

"The department takes most seriously its statutory responsibilities for the protection of personal data under the Data Protection Act," said a DWP spokesperson.

"Over the last few years, the department has significantly improved its controls relating to the security of information, and given the scale of the department's operations welcomes the continuing relatively small number of such incidents."

The resource accounts also outline an incident in June 2009 when the department sent the wrong information to the BBC about people eligible for assistance under the Digital Switchover Help Scheme.

About 65,000 people were incorrectly sent a letter telling them that they were eligible for help.

"Following the incident, improved management controls were put in place so as to prevent recurrence," a DWP spokesperson told GC News.

On IT spending, the document says the department is reviewing projects, both ongoing and planned, with a value of between £1m and £50m. The department's investment committee will make the final decisions on whether the projects are justified.

This article was originally published at Kable.

Kable's GC weekly is a free email newsletter covering the latest news and analysis of public sector technology. To register click here.

Gartner critical capabilities for enterprise endpoint backup

More from The Register

next story
'Stop dissing Google or quit': OK, I quit, says Code Club co-founder
And now a message from our sponsors: 'STFU or else'
Ex US cybersecurity czar guilty in child sex abuse website case
Health and Human Services IT security chief headed online to share vile images
Don't even THINK about copyright violation, says Indian state
Pre-emptive arrest for pirates in Karnataka
The police are WRONG: Watching YouTube videos is NOT illegal
And our man Corfield is pretty bloody cross about it
Felony charges? Harsh! Alleged Anon hackers plead guilty to misdemeanours
US judge questions harsh sentence sought by prosecutors
Oz biz regulator discovers shared servers in EPIC FACEPALM
'Not aware' that one IP can hold more than one Website
Apple tried to get a ban on Galaxy, judge said: NO, NO, NO
Judge Koh refuses Samsung ban for the third time
prev story

Whitepapers

Top 10 endpoint backup mistakes
Avoid the ten endpoint backup mistakes to ensure that your critical corporate data is protected and end user productivity is improved.
Implementing global e-invoicing with guaranteed legal certainty
Explaining the role local tax compliance plays in successful supply chain management and e-business and how leading global brands are addressing this.
Backing up distributed data
Eliminating the redundant use of bandwidth and storage capacity and application consolidation in the modern data center.
The essential guide to IT transformation
ServiceNow discusses three IT transformations that can help CIOs automate IT services to transform IT and the enterprise
Next gen security for virtualised datacentres
Legacy security solutions are inefficient due to the architectural differences between physical and virtual environments.