A Conservative MP has defended her cyber security arrangements after revealing she shares her login passwords with all her staff.
Nadine Dorries said this included “interns on exchange programmes”, triggering a backlash on Twitter.
In response, she said she was a backbench MP who did not have access to government documents.
The Mid Bedfordshire MP had been defending Conservative First Secretary of State Damian Green.
A Cabinet Office inquiry is examining claims pornography was found on a computer in Mr Green’s Parliamentary office.
He denies watching or downloading pornography on his computer.
Ms Dorries was questioning a retired police officer’s claim that Mr Green must have been responsible for material found on his computer.
https://t.co/EkgFycLVAe Here are the data protection rules for HofC staff -
5.8 You MUST NOT:
- share your password.
But that’s staff not MPs…
— Rory Cellan-Jones (@ruskin147) December 3, 2017
She defended herself in subsequent tweets, saying her team were responding to hundreds of emails every day.
All my staff have my login details. A frequent shout when I manage to sit at my desk myself is, ‘what is the password?’
— Nadine Dorries (@NadineDorries) December 2, 2017
A fellow MP, Nick Boles, tweeted that he shared his password with his staff for the same reasons.
Ms Dorries later tweeted that she was “flattered” by people thinking she would have access to “government docs”, adding: “Sorry to disappoint!”
Flattered by number of people on here who think I’m part of the Government and have access to government docs
Article source: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-politics-42216622