Windrush Data breach in the compensation scheme
The Home Office has disclosed breaching data privacy rules while launching the Windrush compensation scheme.
The information sent to Windrush migrants’ email addresses could be seen by other people!
Immigration Minister Caroline Nokes has apologized for the data breach saying it was an administrative error.
Meanwhile, an internal review has begun and the issue has been handed over to the Information Commissioner to act on the same further.
The data breach has hit five batches of emails, each with 100 recipients, as per Ms. Nokes’s statement.
Eventually, the recipients comprised Windrush migrants and other people who have been asking to be notified about the compensation scheme, which was launched last week.
However, to make things clear, The Home Office unveiled the error in a written statement, which also endeavored other details about the scheme.
Windrush generation, who are they?
An approximated 500,000 people presently residing in the UK who entered between 1948 and 1971 from countries in the Commonwealth, including the Caribbean, have been called the Windrush generation, in reference to a ship that brought workers to the UK in 1948.
The individuals were ceded indefinite leave to remain in 1971 but thousands were children wandering on their parents’ passports, without their individual documents.