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Ministry of Justice: Databases

Question for Ministry of Justice

UIN 138976, tabled on 18 January 2021

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many information gateways there are in operation in his Department; and how those gateways are managed and monitored.

Answered on

26 January 2021

Effective management of information is critical to the smooth running of the justice system, and the department takes its management and monitoring very seriously. Revealing details of the department’s monitoring capabilities in public would likely prejudice their capability and effectiveness, and the department’s ability to preserve those systems. In order to safeguard processing systems, we are unable to provide the information requested.

Memoranda of Understanding and Information Sharing Agreements are in place as required and assessed for the required data protection clauses and adequate safeguarding of information. The checks and approval process are carried out in a centralised privacy tool which also stores the final version. The department has initiated a renewed programme of training aimed at those with roles with significant elements of dealing with personal information. All staff are required to take part in information handling training.