National Assembly probe into IT security breach

National Assembly probe into IT security breach
National Assembly probe into IT security breach

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By Martin Shipton
Western Mail
Sept 23 2010 

NATIONAL ASSEMBLY officials have launched an investigation into how a 
serious security breach occurred on the computer network used by AMs and 
their staff.

The breach, which happened on Tuesday morning, could have led to 
confidential files relating to AMs=E2=80=99 constituents being accessed by 
unauthorised Assembly employees.

Shadow Environment Minister Angela Burns has written to Claire Clancy, 
chief executive of the Assembly Commission, asking for an inquiry to be 
set up.

She said: =E2=80=9CThis has the potential to be a very serious lapse in IT 
security that could easily have implications for data protection.

"Thousands of constituents who write to their AMs have confidential 
information stored on a private drive. I am worried these files could 
have been accessed by anyone working at the Assembly.


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