High Court rules Home Office breached Article 8 ECHR

28/03/2022 | Privacy International

In a landmark victory, the UK High Court has ruled that the Home Office acted unlawfully, breaching Article 8 European Convention on Human Rights and data protection laws with its secret policy of seizing and extracting data from the mobile phones of asylum seekers between April and November 2020. However, due to the fact the Home Office referred itself to the ICO during the course of these proceedings, the Court did not settle arguments around the seizure and extraction of asylum seekers' phones also breached the Data Protection Act 2018. 

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