Home Office ‘faces probe for capturing migrant data’

The Home Office is reportedly facing an investigation for allegedly capturing data from the phones of migrants entering the UK, according to an exclusive report by Sky News.

The report said that in 2020, migrants that were held at the Port of Dover were told by immigration officers to hand over their phones and passwords.

Sky said that these officers then extracted “location data, conversation history, photographs etc” from 100s of mobile phones.

The facility was closed after inspectors found it to be “fundamentally unsuitable”, said the report.

The news website, which found out about the probe via a freedom of information act request, said that around 850 people are being investigated to see if the Home Office broke privacy rules.

The data capture took place under a programme called Project Sunshine, which was revealed by witness testimony in a judicial review, said the report.

The programme didn’t result to any arrests or subsequent investigations.

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