New police national database

Michael Parks made this Freedom of Information request to National Policing Improvement Agency

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Dear National Policing Improvement Agency,

Under the Freedom of Information Act, can you supply me with
following information:

What security provisions are there to secure the data held on the new "Police National Database", established following the Bichard Enquiry, and run by the National Policing Improvement Agency (NPIA). Specifically:

- Where is the data stored?
- Is the data encrypted?
- Will significant portions of the data (>0.1%) ever be cached locally (eg: on USB flash drives or local hard-drives) and therefore vulnerable to be being stolen? What situations would this be allowed?
- Is the system vulnerable to cyber attacks similar to those that have affected Sony databases and, allegedly, the Census 2011 databases?
- How many people have access to the full database and why do they need their access (by category and scope of access)?
- What provisions (both automatic and by human intervention) are there to spot unusual patterns of behaviour and inappropriate access to the database, by people retrieving information for purposes other than that for which the database is intended?

Finally, does the system contain a full complement of information from all police authorities yet? If not, what timetable is there for bringing the database up to date?

You should be aware that I have previously submitted this request to the Home Office and they advised me in a reply to address you directly (http://www.whatdotheyknow.com/request/ne...).

Yours faithfully,

Michael Parks

NPIA FOI Team,

Dear Mr Parks,

Thank you for your recent request for information, about Police National Database security, dated 30th June 2011. Your request was received on 1st July 2011 and I am dealing with it under the terms of the Freedom of Information Act 2000.

We have logged your request which is receiving our attention. Your request reference number is FOI 109/11.

Please quote this reference number in any further correspondence or call relating to this enquiry.

Further information about the NPIA is routinely published on our website at www.npia.police.uk or through our publication scheme. If you require any further assistance in connection with this request please contact us at our address [below/above].

Torie Smith
Knowledge and Information Management Services Assistant
National Policing Improvement Agency

9th Floor (East) New King's Beam House, 22 Upper Ground, London SE1 9QY
Email: [NPIA request email]
Website: www.npia.police.uk

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NPIA FOI Team, National Policing Improvement Agency

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Dear Mr Parks

Please find attached the NPIA's response to your request.

<<NRSB99-0111-110714 Final Response FOI 109_11 .pdf>>

Regards,

Torie Smith
Knowledge and Information Management Services Assistant
National Policing Improvement Agency
9th Floor (East) New King's Beam House, 22 Upper Ground, London SE1 9QY
Email: [NPIA request email]
Website: www.npia.police.uk <http://www.npia.police.uk/>

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Dear NPIA FOI Team,

Thank-you for your response.

Yours sincerely,

Michael Parks