E-mail security warning for MPs

Monday, 16 December 2002, 2:02 PM EST

Urgent steps are needed to improve awareness among MPs and civil servants over which e-mails are secure and which are not, ministers have been warned.

The government has a secure intranet system, which is used for internal communications - but as soon as e-mails are sent outside that system, they run the risk of being intercepted and read.

Graham Allen, chairman of the all-party internet group, told BBC Radio 4's Today programme many MPs and civil servants were not aware of how easy it was for e-mails to be read by the wrong person.

"We are adjusting to using e-mail and there are still some serious weaknesses in the system," he told Today.

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