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UK Border Agency: Data Protection

Home Department written question – answered on 20th July 2011.

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Photo of Jennifer Willott Jennifer Willott Liberal Democrat, Cardiff Central

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many complaints the UK Border Agency has received on breaches of data protection from (a) UK residents, (b) persons held in detention and (c) overseas applicants for visas since its inception.

Photo of Damian Green Damian Green The Minister for Immigration

The Agency currently receives approximately 25,000 subject access requests per year for personal information under section 7 of the Data Protection Act 1998.

Since 2009, the Agency has received 166 complaints made to the Information Commissioner's Office (ICO) relating to the Data Protection Act. These complaints have been broken down into years;

2009: 53

2010: 91

2011: 22

The ICO recently published the total number of breaches of the Data Protection Act referred to them over the last 12 months. The Agency had 10 breaches, all of which related to subject access requests. The ICO’s website can be accessed at:


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