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43. As set out above, the responsibility for ensuring that the necessary arrangements to protect data are in place must always primarily rest with individual Departments. There is more that can be done to ensure that this primary line of accountability works as well as it could do. Government should revise guidance to Departmental Accounting Officers, to ensure that their annual Statements of Internal Control explicitly include the systematic coverage of information assurance. Systematic notification of this material and any significant incidents during the year to the Cabinet Office and the Information Commissioner should ensure that emerging cross-cutting themes and lessons are identified and shared as necessary.

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