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S5W-17805: Neil Findlay (Lothian)

Scottish Labour

Date lodged: 24 July 2018

To ask the Scottish Government, further to the answer to question S5W-17413 by Kate Forbes on 19 July 2018, what guidance it issues to (a) its staff, (b) special advisers and (c) ministers regarding the use of non-corporate encrypted apps on mobile phones for dealing with official business.

Answered by: Kate Forbes 2 August 2018

For Scottish Government corporate mobile phones, Scottish Government employees, Special Advisors and Ministers are advised to abide by the Scottish Government IT Code of Conduct and Mobile employee agreement. This includes advice that use of any non-corporate apps must not compromise the security and performance of the corporate apps, Scottish Government network and data and that employees should take steps to prevent any malware or viruses being installed on the device, including only installing apps from official app stores and review any permissions these may require.

Advice pertaining to conduct of official business is found in the Civil Service Code and Scottish Ministerial Code: 2018 Edition.