Once upon a time, MPs made a huge fuss about the risks to Parliamentary privilege of FOI, and the possibility that people could make FOI requests and obtain copies of correspondence from constituents. Under the noble leadership of the quad-bike riding David Maclean, they made an attempt to exclude Parliament from FOI’s scope altogether – not to hide expenses, just to protect constituents’ correspondence.
- has Mr Letwin disposed of correspondence containing personal data about other people?
- Did the correspondence relate to his constituency role, his Cabinet Office role, or both?
- what kind of details were included (e.g. names and addresses, email addresses, information about personal circumstances or complaints)?
- Has either Mr Letwin (in his capacity as an MP) or the Cabinet Office (as a data controller) informed the Information Commissioner of these incidents, on the basis that there is a possibility that the Seventh Data Protection principle has been breached, as it relates to security?
- Has Mr Letwin received any data protection training in his capacity as a Cabinet Office minister?
- Is any such training now planned?
- When the statement provided by the Cabinet Office was released, claiming that the information disposed of was ‘not sensitive’, had the person making the statement considered the Data Protection implications of disposing of correspondence in bins in public parks?
- Does the Cabinet Office have a policy or procedure about the appropriate disposal of paper records?