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PM's internet safety adviser urges end to password sharing

From BBC - December 6, 2017

The prime minister's special representative on internet safety has said that MPs should not be sharing their work computer passwords with staff.

Baroness Shields's advice follows an admission by three Conservative MPs that they had given their login details to their assistants.

There have also been suggestions that the practice is relatively commonplace.

Sharing passwords is not a breach of the UK's Data Protection Act.

But House of Commons staff are explicitly banned from disclosing their own passwords. And documents posted online by the Associated Press news agency indicate MPs are advised to act likewise.

"Never share your password or write it down where others could find it," states one guide written for MPs.

"We can arrange for your staff to access your mailbox, calendar and documents through their own accounts."

Evolving risks

Baroness Shields - who served as Minister for Internet Safety and Security before adopting her current role - told the BBC that she did not plan to make a formal intervention.

But she suggested that MPs should reconsider out-of-date practices.

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