Home Office admits to data breach in Windrush compensation scheme

The Home Office had admitted that it breached data protection rules when the Windrush compensation scheme was launched.

The Home Office sent emails to Windrush migrants in a way that meant that other people could see their email addresses.

An internal review has been launched with the matter being referred to the Information Commissioner.

Immigration Minister Caroline Nokes made an “unreservedly” apology for what she said was an “administrative error.”

According to Ms Notes, the incident affected emails under five different batches. Each batch had 100 recipients. These recipients included Windrush migrants and other people who had subscribed to updates about the compensation scheme, which Windrush launched last week.

A written statement released by The Home Office revealed the error. It also clarified other statements about the scheme.

Who are the Windrush generation?

There are about 500,000 people currently living in the UK who had come into the UK between 1948 and 1971 from countries in the Commonwealth, including the Caribbean. They have been called the Windrush generation, and this is in reference to a ship that carried workers to the UK in 1948.

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The Windrush generation was granted indefinite leave to stay in 1971. However, many of them were children who were traveling on their parents’ passports without any documents of their own.

Later, some of them were faced with difficulties in proving their entitlement to reside in Britain. Matters even got worse after changes were made to the immigration law in 2012. This means that people who didn’t have documents were asked for evidence to continue working, access services or stay in the UK.

Some of them were detained, and others removed even though they had lived in the country for decades. This resulted in a furious backlash over their treatment.

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