ORG criticises the UK Government's Immigration Exemption changes

07/03/2024 | Open Rights Group

The Open Rights Group has posted a blog article criticising the government for the changes it made to the Immigration Exemption in the Data Protection Act 2018 as being the "bare minimum that they can get away with."

After five years and several legal challenges, the government has finally complied with the court order and is bringing the Immigration Exemption in line with the law. However, ORG writes that the government's approach is concerning as it sets a low bar for legislative standards. There are also concerns about how these legal standards will be applied in practice. The Information Commissioner's Office (ICO) has welcomed the government's draft regulations without criticism, but it appears that the onus is on the individual to uphold their rights rather than the government.

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