Immigrants: EU Nationals

Home Office written question – answered on 3rd December 2018.

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Photo of Paul Blomfield Paul Blomfield Shadow Minister (Exiting the European Union)

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, with which (a) other public and (b) private sector organisations in (i) the UK and (ii) overseas his Department plans to be able to share the biometric data provided by applicants to the EU Settlement Scheme.

Photo of Paul Blomfield Paul Blomfield Shadow Minister (Exiting the European Union)

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what steps his Department plans to take to ensure that biometric data provided by applicants to the EU Settlement Scheme will be securely protected.

Photo of Caroline Nokes Caroline Nokes The Minister for Immigration

Biometrics enrolled as part of an application to the EU Settlement Scheme will be stored and used in accordance with the rules set by Parliament as set out within the Immigration (Physical Data) Regulations 2006, as amended. This includes sharing biometrics with other law enforcement organisations to prevent, detect and prosecute crime and in the interest of national security. Further information on this is set out in the Borders, Immigration and Citizenship privacy information notice: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/personal-information-use-in-borders-immigration-and-citizenship/borders-immigration-and-citizenship-privacy-information-notice.

Biometrics enrolled under the EU Settlement Scheme are securely stored on the Immigration and Asylum Biometric System along with other biometrics taken for immigration and nationality purposes.

Those granted status under the EU Settlement Scheme can access information about their immigration status and entitlements via a secure online service. This includes their name, status information and their facial image. Individuals can then choose to grant access to this information to employers and other service providers. By giving individuals direct access to their own data and the ability to share this with service providers we are giving them greater transparency, clarity and control. With online services, we can also ensure that service providers see only the information that is relevant and proportionate to their need, in a way that is not possible via a single document as evidence of status.

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