The UK Home Office has been warned of legal action by the organizations that represent around 3 million EU nationals residing in the UK. These along with activists for Digital Rights have sent a notice to Amber Rudd the UK Home Secretary. They have warned that legal action will be taken against the UK Home office if the Data protection bill enacts a specific clause.
The warning is directed against proposals in the bill that has provision for exemption of information for migration. It has been claimed that this clause will obstruct those who face deportation. The immigrants will be unable to challenge and obtain the correctness of personal data that the government has regarding them.
The 3 Million is a grassroots organization that represents the EU nationals living in the UK. The Open Rights Group campaigns for free online speech and privacy rights. These two groups have contended that the provision in the bill is a breach of the General Data Protection Regulation of the EU by the UK Government.
Leigh Day Human rights solicitor Rosa Curling that is acting for the 3 Million and ORG said that the exemption for immigration will result in a biased 2 tier system for protection of data rights. It is incompatible with general EU laws, EU Human Rights convention, and GDPR. If the exemption is made an act, we will take recourse to judicial review, added Rosa.
The Executive Director of ORG Jim Killock said that this is an effort to conceal the mistakes of the UK Home Office. It will ensure that errors are never detected. When individuals are erroneously asked to exit, they will find it tough to challenge, he added.
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