Migrant Digital Justice Programme Newsletter

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Welcome to the May edition of the Migrant Digital Justice Programme newsletter.

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It’s been a busy couple of months! We’ve continued to raise awareness of the likely impact of the Government’s proposals to reform the UK’s data protection regime. Last week, the Data Reform Bill was announced in the Queen’s Speech. The Bill has serious implications for our privacy and freedom of expression. Our Legal and Policy Officer, Mariano delli Santi, featured in this video made by The Citizens to explain how plans to slash data regulations will pave the way for our data to be sold to the highest bidder and gut basic privacy laws that protect against data discrimination. 

Our offer to organise several initial meetings between a wide range of civil society organisations (CSOs) including migrants’ rights organisations and the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) to discuss the impact the proposals are likely to have on those in vulnerable and marginalised situations was declined. The refusal of the government to meet with CSOs during their consultation stands to deny potentially seriously impacted people to have their voices heard.

We’ve drafted an open letter to DCMS reiterating our concerns with regard to the proposals and urging them to reconsider their decision. We can’t miss this opportunity to make our voices heard, and ensure that our feedback is given due weight.

In addition to our Stop Data Discrimination Campaign, we’ve also been taking action with regard to data-sharing practices around the Government’s Homes for Ukraine scheme and the UK-Rwanda

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