Data protection damages for Iranian asylum seekers confirmed

What should the repercussions be if the Home Office accidentally splashes the personal details of asylum seekers all over the internet? If your answer is “compensation”, congratulations: you are at one with the Court of Appeal. The case is Secretary of State for the Home Department & Anor v TLU & Anor [2018] EWCA Civ 2217. In October 2013, an unfortunate civil servant uploaded a spreadsheet to the Home Office website containing routine figures on the “family returns process”. This is the system for removing migrants from the UK when there are children involved. The spreadsheet was just supposed to show how many families were in the process that quarter —…

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