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Europe Data Protection Digest | UK Home Office immigration database raises privacy concerns Related reading: Notes from the IAPP Europe Managing Director, 21 June 2019

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Human rights organization Liberty has voiced its concerns about an immigration database in development by the U.K. Home Office, the Guardian reports. An inspection report from the Home Office states the database would “establish a system that obtains and shares an individual’s immigration status in real time with authorised users, providing proof of entitlement to a range of public and private services.” In a letter to the Home Office, Liberty called the database “deeply sinister” and added it may amount to a “secret digital ID system.” A Home Office spokesperson said the agency takes its “data protection obligations very seriously.”
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