High Court orders redress for migrants affected by phone seizures

21/11/2022 | Privacy International

In an important precedent, the High Court has ordered the Home Office to provide remedy to hundreds of immigrants impacted by its unlawful practice of seizing and extracting data from the mobile phones of asylum seekers arriving in the UK via channel crossings. In a blog article, Privacy International writes: "This judgment provides a groundbreaking example of efforts to provide concrete justice to all people affected by governments' abuses of their rights to privacy and data protection." The judgment deals with two issues. Firstly, the Home Office should conduct litigation activities adhering to its duty of candour, "A public authority's objective must not be to win the litigation at all costs but to assist the court in reaching the correct result and thereby to improve standards in public administration". And secondly, the hundreds of people affected by the Home Office's unlawful policy are offered redress. 

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