HC Deb 08 February 1983 vol 36 cc313-4W
Mr. Les Huckfield

asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department what methods of access control and audit trails exist for the police national computer system; and whether he will give details.

Mr. Mayhew

The police national computer system has electronic, physical and procedural safeguards against unauthorised access. Audit trails take the form of retaining—for approximately six months—all alterations to records; the state of records at pre-determined intervals; and all the messages passing over the police national computer communications network.