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Review requirements for ‘Protective Marking’ with more common sense approach

Comment 1st July 2010

Review requirement for all government agencies to introduce protective marking at all levels , as set out in HMG Security Policy Framework, May 2010 (see http://www.cabinetoffice.gov.uk/media/207318/hmg_security_policy.pdf)  and replace with a more common sense approach which reduces the amount of bureaucracy and the number of mandatory requirements.

Why does this matter?

Increasingly government agencies are introducing protective marking policies for use with all documents. This requires that all documents and correspondence is marked with a tagline such as 'Protect' or 'Restricted'. 

Whilst there is obviously a need to ensure that data protection is upheld and communications are handled sensitively the Security Policy Framework produced by the Cabinet Office in May 2010 (see http://www.cabinetoffice.gov.uk/media/207318/hmg_security_policy.pdf) seems unnecessarily all-encompassing and is likely to have an impact in increasing bureaucracy on all areas of government, including local government, with 70 mandatory requirements and potential disciplinary proceedings or prosecution of individuals for non compliance or breaches of policy.

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