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Chris Lightfoot
Posted on 2 Jul 2005 11:53 pm

This is true but misleading. The Bill does not create a power to share information with any foreign government, but it does not need to: such sharing of information is permitted by the Data Protection Act (mentioned by Clarke as a safeguard on the NIR) for a variety of purposes, including crime prevention and the preservation of national security. This is typically interpreted quite broadly and it is probable that information from the NIR will be supplied to foreign governments in relation to immigration checks.

If the Home Office did not intend that data be shared with foreign governments they would have inserted a clause in the Bill prohibiting such sharing. No such clause exists.

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