UK Court rules placing ankle tags on immigrants breaches human rights

17/05/2024 | Privacy International

On Wednesday, 15 May 2024, the London Administrative Court ruled in the case of ADL & Ors v Secretary of State for the Home Department, which challenged the UK Home Office's policy of placing people released from immigration detention under 24/7 GPS surveillance. The four claimants, who include asylum seekers and survivors of trafficking, had GPS-enabled ankle tag conditions imposed on them upon release from immigration detention in 2022. The court found that the Home Office had acted unlawfully and disregarded migrants' human rights, as it breached the assessment of human rights law, particularly in relation to the right to privacy protected by Article 8 of the European Convention on Human Rights. The judgement marks the third time in as many months that regulatory and court rulings have dealt serious blows to the legality of the Home Office's electronic monitoring of migrants.

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