UK government issues non-corporate communication channels guidance

31/03/2023 | UK Government

The UK Cabinet Office has published updated guidance for conducting government business using non-corporate communication channels (NCCCs). The previous Guidance to departments on the use of private email is now withdrawn. The latest guidance aims to facilitate "efficient day-to-day government discussions in a modern way," while reducing the "risks to the security of information" and upholding the "principles of good government, including record-keeping, accountability and transparency."

The guidance states government business should generally be conducted using government systems and that the use of NCCCs for "significant government business" triggers record-keeping responsibilities. Accessing an NCCC using a privately owned device may only be justified under exceptional circumstances.

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