New data protection law ‘urgently needed’ – The Times

Posted November 21st, 2007 in data protection, government departments, news by sally

“Security experts called for an urgent review of the law following the loss of the personal information of 25 million Britons by HM Revenue & Customs.”

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The Times, 21st November 2007

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25 million exposed to risk of ID fraud – The Times

Posted November 21st, 2007 in data protection, government departments, news by sally

“The sensitive personal details of 25 million Britons could have fallen into the hands of identity fraudsters after a government agency lost the entire child benefit database in the post.”

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The Times, 21st November 2007

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Foreign Office web security failed Data Protection Act, says ICO – OUT-LAW.com

Posted November 13th, 2007 in data protection, government departments, internet, news by sally

“The Foreign Office has promised to keep data safer in future, after its website exposed the details of those seeking visas for entry into the UK. An investigation by the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) found a breach of the Data Protection Act.”

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OUT-LAW.com, 13th November 2007

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DCA splashes 47% more cash on consultants – Legal Week

Posted June 1st, 2007 in government departments, news by sally

“Government spending on external consultants has rocketed again this year, it has emerged, with the now-defunct Department for Constitutional Affairs (DCA) shelling out for £15.6m on external services during 2005-06.”

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Legal Week, 1st June 2007

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The new Home Office: Protecting the public, securing our future – Home Office

Posted May 9th, 2007 in government departments, news by sally

“The division of the Home Office culminates an extraordinary programme of reform and change initiated by Home Secretary John Reid shortly after he took over running the department last year.”

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Home Office, 9th May 2007

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Justice ministry faces jails crisis as Home Office splits in two – The Guardian

Posted May 9th, 2007 in government departments, Ministry of Justice, news, prisons by sally

“Britain’s first Ministry of Justice emerges today out of the rubble of the “not fit for purpose” Home Office to face a mounting prison crisis with prisoner numbers in England and Wales hitting a new record.”

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The Guardian, 9th May 2007

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Restructured Home Office splits – BBC News

Posted May 9th, 2007 in government departments, Ministry of Justice, news by sally

“A restructured Home Office is to begin operating, with the Ministry of Justice taking control of prisons, probation and sentencing.” 

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BBC News, 8th May 2007

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Judges to rule on justice ministry – The Times

Posted April 30th, 2007 in government departments, Ministry of Justice, news by sally

“The Lord Chancellor’s officials are locked in talks with senior judges in a desperate effort to secure their backing for the new ministry of justice, which is due to come into effect on May 9.”

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The Times, 30th April 2007

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Home Office to be split up ‘after Blair’s departure’ – The Independent

Posted April 25th, 2007 in government departments, news by sally

“John Reid has admitted that the timetable for breaking up the Home Office is slipping and that the complete split will not take effect until after Tony Blair announces his resignation.”

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The Independent, 25th April 2007

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Former law chief warns over ‘scrambled’ Home Office split – The Independent

Posted April 24th, 2007 in government departments, Ministry of Justice, news by sally

“Reforms to split the Home Office in two and create a new Ministry of Justice are being rushed through too quickly, the former head of the judiciary in England and Wales warned today.”

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The Independent, 24th April 2007

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Freedom of information statistics October to December 2006 – Department for Constitutional Affairs

Posted April 18th, 2007 in freedom of information, government departments, statistics by sally

“This eighth quarterly report providing statistics on implementation of the Act across central government covers October to December 2006.”

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Department for Constitutional Affairs, 18th April 2007

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Ex-chief justice Home Office fear – BBC News

Posted April 18th, 2007 in government departments, Ministry of Justice, news by sally

“The split of the Home Office needs to be planned carefully to avoid repeating old problems in the new department, a former Lord Chief Justice says.” 

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BBC News, 17th April 2007

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New super-ministry could doom DTI – Financial Times

Posted April 10th, 2007 in government departments, news by sally

“Gordon Brown is ‘seriously considering’ creating a super-ministry covering energy and the environment, which would pave the way for the potential break-up of the Department of Trade and Industry, according to Whitehall insiders.”

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Financial Times, 10th April 2007

Source: www.ft.com