Grantham MP: “I often forget my password”
The UK’s privacy watchdog has launched a probe into the email security practices of Members of Parliament and their staff.
The Information Commissioner’s Office says in a statement: “We’re aware of reports that MPs share logins and passwords and are making enquiries of the relevant parliamentary authorities.
“We would remind MPs and others of their obligations under the Data Protection Act to keep personal data secure.”
The ICO’s investigation was triggered by multiple MPs claiming in media interviews and via Twitter that they regularly share their passwords with staff or leave workstations unlocked.
Many of those disclosures were made in defense of Conservative politician Damian Green, who serves as Prime Minister Theresa May’s deputy in charge of developing and implementing government policy and overseeing Britain’s “Brexit” from the European Union.
Grantham MP Nick Boles, former business minister, admitted: “I often forget my password and have to ask my staff what it is.” He later added: “As an MP, I employ four people to deal with the emails and letters constituents send me. They need access to these communications to do their jobs.
“No one else has access. Passwords are regularly changed.”