Details of risks to disclosure schemes from ending BT contract: FOI release

Information request and response under the Freedom of Information (Scotland) Act 2002.

FOI reference: FOI/18/02685  
Date received: 26 September 2018
Date responded: 24 October 2018
Information requested

Details of any risks identified  in the  last six months to  the safeguarding system or PVG scheme or any risks to sensitive data or the data of the list of individuals barred from working with children. For instance, any risks identified from the ending of the BT contract, or any risks from the renewal of the BT contract without the same level of supplier-side IT support. Any increased security risk identified in 2018 to do with the basic disclosure, standard disclosure, enhanced disclosure  or PVG scheme.



The answer to your question is contained within the table attached. Please note that the text represents theoretical risks that were identified as part of the responsible governance of Disclosure Scotland. The identification of possible risks does  not mean that these will,  or have, transpired.  

While our aim is to provide information whenever possible, in this instance we are unable to provide some of the information you have requested because an exemption under 30(c) of FOISA (prejudice to effective conduct of public affairs) applies to that information. The reasons why that exemption applies are explained below.


Reasons for not providing information

An exemption applies 

An exemption(s) under section(s) Section 30(c) of FOISA applies to some of the information you have  requested. 

The release of this information could provide a means to expose the architecture/design and wider connectivity to other Government networks including sensitive  Data on how our system  is built. 

This exemption is subject to the 'public interest test'. Therefore,  taking account  of all the circumstances of this case, we have considered if the public interest in disclosing the Information outweighs  the public interest in applying the exemption.  We have found that,  on balance, the public interest lies in favour of upholding  the exemption. We recognise that there is a public interest in disclosing information as part of open, transparent and accountable government. However, there is a greater public interest in protecting Disclosure Scotland systems and ensuring that Disclosure Scotland  is able conduct  its business effectively.


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