Migrant Digital Justice Programme

ORG’s work on immigration aims to empower the sector to work and campaign against the increasing collection of personal data, data sharing and new technologies driving immigration controls.

We work in partnership with organisations supporting all categories of migrants and refugees to address digital rights and privacy issues affecting their clients and understand how data sharing and new technologies are influencing immigration policy. We also facilitate collaborative initiatives and campaigns.

We also work with a range of stakeholders including government, the Home Office, Parliament, the Independent Chief Inspector for Borders and Immigration (ICIBI) to drive policy change.

This work builds on and is linked to the Immigration exemption campaign.

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The hostile environment policy gives the Home Office sweeping powers and the mandate to access personal data from GPs, hospitals, schools, and job centres and use it to track down individuals for immigration detention or deportation.

Photo credit is David Mirzoeff / Global Justice Now

The Story So Far

Data Sharing and Migrant Women Reporting Abuse

On 9 December 2022, The Wales Cross Party Group on Digital Rights and Democracy, of which Open Rights Group is the secretariat, held its second session, this time held on data sharing and migrant women reporting domestic abuse.
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EDRi’s first Colour of Surveillance Europe Conference

In September, European Digital Rights (EDRi) held the first Colour of Surveillance Europe Conference in Amsterdam and it was such a privilege for me to be selected to attend both days of the conference.
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Migrant Digital Justice Toolkit

How-to-fight data discrimination – launching a new toolkit for the migrants’ rights sector The Migrant Digital Justice Programme (MDJP) at ORG is proud to launch our Migrant Digital Justice Toolkit.
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‘Prevent’ and the attack on free speech

A review of the government’s controversial Prevent duty has been a long time coming.
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New name and start for our migration work

Since its inception in 2020, our immigration, data and technology programme has worked to understand the needs and capacities of civil society organisations in the field of migrant’ rights and support them to incorporate digital advocacy in their work.
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Government disregards Court’s Immigration Exemption ruling

This week the House of Commons and the House of Lords will consider the Government’s proposed legislation regarding amendments to the immigration exemption.
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Newsletter: Migration, Data and Digital Rights

Welcome to the November edition of Migration, Data and Digital Rights!
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Afghans targeted by fake Home Office website

The Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) is currently deciding whether it will take further action against a fake website created by the Home Office.
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Digital deception & disinformation used to deter migrants

The Information Commissioner’s Office has opened an investigation into a fake website created by the Home Office.
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Immigration, Data & Technology Newsletter

Welcome to the July edition of Immigration, Data and Technology!
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Newsletter: Immigration, Data and Technology

Welcome to the May edition of Immigration, Data and Technology!
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Immigration, Data and Technology newsletter

Welcome to the third edition of Immigration, Data and Technology!
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Europe cannot rubber stamp the UK’s data laws

The United Kingdom is currently awaiting a decision from Europe on whether it provides adequate standards of data protection.
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Data & Immigration update – February newsletter

Welcome to the second edition of Immigration, Data and Technology!
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How will the National Data Strategy affect migrants and refugees?

In early September the government launched its National Data Strategy (NDS) which it described as ‘an ambitious, pro-growth strategy that aims to drive the UK in building a world-leading data economy while ensuring public trust in data use.
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Data & Trust: Will migrants use the NHS app?

A fortnight ago, the NHSX Covid-19 App was launched across England and Wales following the many concerns raised by civil society and privacy advocates including Open Rights Group (ORG) both collectively and individually regarding privacy and security.
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Immigration sector privacy concerns

As part of ORG’s work in the area of immigration we have consulted 30 organisations on their priorities and needs.
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Immigration Bill brings surveillance to EU migrants

The UK immigration regime is set for major changes, as the UK leaves the EU.
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Data, privacy and new tech in the immigration sector

Understanding the needs and capacities to deal with data, privacy and the use of new technologies in the immigration sector Please take a moment to answer our survey on the immigration sector needs and capacities to deal with privacy, personal data, digital and technological changes: https://www.
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NHSX tracking app Privacy Assessment: Key Concerns

NHSX finally released the Data Protection Impact Assessment (DPIA) for their contact tracing app at the weekend.
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Hostile environment may stop migrants from using NHSX tracker app

This week the Government confirmed that the NHSX app being developed as a response to the Covid-19 pandemic is using a centralised contact matching system.
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Contact tracing apps & vulnerable migrants: key concerns

In our recent blog we discussed the emerging privacy issues around contact tracing and ‘immunity passports’, and the announcement from Google and Apple that they are jointly working on a contact tracing app.
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Brexit, Data Privacy and the EU Settled Status Scheme

The EU Settled Status Scheme (“the scheme”) provides the administrative route through which all EU nationals must apply to remain in the UK after 30 June 2021, in the event of a deal, or 31 December 2020, in the event of no deal.
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What is at stake with the immigration exemption legal challenge?

The immigration exemption in the Data Protection Act 2018 will remove key data protection rights for everyone in the United Kingdom.
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The Data Protection Bill’s Immigration Exemption must go

The government has introduced a sweeping “immigration exemption” in Schedule 2, Paragraph 4.
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