Government suspends migrant data-sharing deal between NHS and Home Office

10 May 2018

The Government has announced that it is suspending the memorandum of understanding that allows NHS Digital to share patients’ data with the Home Office for immigration enforcement purposes, after months of campaigning by organisations including Liberty, Migrants' Rights Network, National AIDS Trust and Doctors of the World.

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Liberty wins first battle in landmark challenge to mass surveillance powers in the Investigatory Powers Act

27 April 2018

In a landmark victory for privacy rights, the High Court has today ruled part of the Government’s flagship surveillance law, the Investigatory Powers Act, is unlawful – following a legal challenge from human rights campaigning organisation Liberty.

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The Home Office is detaining pregnant women, victims of torture and people with learning difficulties - and they've no idea when they'll be released

In 2017, the Home Office locked up 27,331 people in immigration detention. None of them were given a release date when they arrived in these prison-like centres.

Seven out of 10 were held longer than 28 days, and one person was held for almost five years.

Among them were children, elderly people and survivors of rape, torture and slavery.

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Department for Education ENDS collection of children's nationality and country of birth data

09 April 2018

Today, after months of campaigning by Against Borders for Children, Liberty and others, the Department for Education has confirmed it is ending the unnecessary and divisive collection of children's nationality and country of birth data. 

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"The time to act is now": Religious leaders call on Home Secretary to put a time limit on immigration detention in post-Brexit law

14 February 2018

Senior representatives of the Church of England, Catholic Church, Muslim Council of Britain, Hindu Council, Sikh Federation, Reform Judaism and others have urged the Government to include a 28-day limit on in the forthcoming bill, which will establish the UK’s post-Brexit immigration system.

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Why it's not okay for police to quietly roll out on-the-spot fingerprint scanning

The Home Office has announced that West Yorkshire Police will roll out a scheme of on-the-spot fingerprint scanning – without any public or parliamentary debate. 

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Government concedes need for Snoopers’ Charter to protect rights in response to Tom Watson’s landmark legal challenge – but must go further

30 November 2017

  • Amber Rudd has today proposed changes to the new Investigatory Powers Act in response to successful legal claim brought by Tom Watson MP
  • But Government proposals only partially comply with landmark judgment

Tom Watson MP said:

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Now the Government is turning bankers into border guards - it's up to all of us to stand up to the hostile environment

You might not be able to see them, but there are border guards everywhere.

Successive governments, determined to appear tough on immigration whatever the human cost, have introduced border controls into our schools, hospitals, workplaces, and even our homes.

So last week’s story that banks will begin quarterly immigration checks on every single account holder in search of undocumented migrants is nothing new. Like so many other discriminatory powers, these rules are part of 2016’s poisonous Immigration Act.

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Liberty condemns Government approach to Grenfell Tower immigration cases and calls for permanent amnesty

10 July 2017

The only way to ensure undocumented survivors can access the help and support they so desperately need is to grant them a permanent amnesty. It is the least this Government can do.

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Cross-party Committee criticises Government's Snoopers' Charter plans

11 December 2012

Draft Bill pays insufficient attention to privacy and ‘goes much further than it need or should’

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