Department of Education criticised for secretly sharing children's data

Information commissioner acts after complaint that data is used for immigration enforcementThe UK’s privacy regulator has criticised the Department for Education (DfE) for secretly sharing children’s personal data with the Home Office, triggering...

Department of Education criticised for secretly sharing children's data

Information commissioner acts after complaint that data is used for immigration enforcement

The UK’s privacy regulator has criticised the Department for Education (DfE) for secretly sharing children’s personal data with the Home Office, triggering fears it could be used for immigration enforcement as part of the government’s hostile environment policy.

Acting on a complaint by the campaigning organisation, Against Borders for Children (ABC), the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) ruled that the DfE had failed to comply fully with its data protection obligations and may face further regulatory action.

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