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Tory AM fears for Assembly computer security - after accessing the Lib-Dem leader's files.

CONSERVATIVE AM Angela Burns yesterday described her fears about computer security at the National Assembly, after discovering she could access the files of Liberal Democrat leader Kirsty Williams.

Ms Burns said she was shocked when she found she could open the Lib Dems' computer files and warned Ms Williams.

She said: "We stumbled upon them because we were trying to save a file with a picture and we clicked on the bit of the 'p-drive' where you save pictures and loads of thumbnails came up.We realised loads were Liberal Democrats'."

The Carmarthen West and South Pembrokeshire AM said she was astonished at the range of material which was accessible, ranging from Ms Williams' files to media documents.

She said: "I saw all their stuff. We actually saw the headings 'press' and 'election briefings', I think it was."

However, she said she resisted the temptation to open the files.

She explained: "You have to decide as an individual whether you are going to have personal integrity."

Ms Burns added that she was also aware online activity could be traced.

"I've been in IT for 15 years," she said. "I do know what I'm talking about - you can find out where people have gone."

A Liberal Democrat spokesman said: "We are concerned about any breach and that's now being investigated.

We've satisfied ourselves that it has been dealt with."

Ms Burns said: "The point is these Chinese walls here are supposed to be strong and secure. It's worrying because you have got all your political ideas here."

The Assembly Commission said the problem was resolved immediately and it was confident that no political party now had access to another party's private documents.
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Publication:Western Mail (Cardiff, Wales)
Date:Sep 24, 2010
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