- The UK’s data watchdog, the ICO, is looking into reports that MPs hand out passwords to their parliamentary computers to staff.
- MP Nadine Dorries tweeted that she shared passwords with interns, attracting criticism from the security community.
- The issue began with Damian Green, the MP whose Westminster computer reportedly contained pornography.
- Allies said it was possible someone with Green’s password accessed pornography on his computer without his knowledge.
The UK’s privacy and data watchdog is quizzing parliamentary authorities about politicians who share their email and computer passwords with staff — potentially putting sensitive information about their constituents at risk.
The Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) said in a statement to Business Insider: “We’re aware of reports that MPs share logins and passwords and are making enquiries of the relevant parliamentary authorities. In the meantime, we would remind MPs and others of their obligations under the Data Protection Act to keep personal data secure.”
The ICO can fine individuals for breaching the law.
Security experts and activists have reacted furiously to politicians who have been publicising the fact that other people often access their computers at work.
The furore kicked off after Conservative MP Nadine Dorries, tweeted on Saturday: “My staff log onto my computer on my desk with my login everyday. Including interns on exchange programmes. For the officer on @BBCNews just now to claim that the computer on Greens desk was accessed and therefore it was Green is utterly preposterous !!”
My staff log onto my computer on my desk with my login everyday. Including interns on exchange programmes. For the officer on @BBCNews just now to claim that the computer on Greens desk was accessed and therefore it was Green is utterly preposterous !!
Dorries’ tweet relates to a separate scandal around Damian Green, a Conservative MP and First Secretary of State. A former detective claimed Read More Here