ORG issues statement following Shawcross Review of Prevent

15/02/2023 | Open Rights Group

In response to the independent Shawcross Review of Prevent, the Open Rights Group (ORG) claims the report fails to address several fundamental problems with Prevent. In particular, ORG highlights the data retention, data sharing and transparency issues relating to individuals referred to Prevent. Rather than address these issues, the report instead focuses on dismissing the threat of far-right extremism and doubling down on Islamophobic rhetoric. ORG fears the impact will result in increased surveillance of Muslim communities. An interview with Neil Basu, former head of counter-terrorism policing in The Guardian, is equally damning of the report's findings, claiming parts of the review are driven by a rightwing point of view.   

A response from the Home Secretary confirms the government will deliver on all 34 recommendations made by William Shawcross. 

UPDATE 140223 - ORG published a blog examining the data protection issue within the Prevent Duty and their acknowledgement by William Shawcross in his report. 

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