COUNCILLORS have raised concerns about plans to buy them new £454 iPads so they can access their county council e-mail accounts.
Leicestershire County Council is set to join the Government's Public Services Network (PSN) – a secure IT system.
It will mean, from the start of October, members will no longer be able to get emails from County Hall sent to personal accounts.
Members will have to sign up to an information security and acceptable use policy.
To help councillors with the new system officers have written to them offering them either a new iPad or a laptop computer so they can access the secure network.
County Hall already offers members council laptops but only 17 of 55 have chosen to take one, with most opting to use their own computers or iPads. A county council spokesman said: "This is all about helping councillors to work more efficiently, while making sure that information, about individuals and their personal lives, is kept confidential."