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Immigration: EU Nationals

Home Office written question – answered on 4th February 2020.

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Photo of Afzal Khan Afzal Khan Shadow Minister (Home Office) (Immigration)

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what security mechanisms are in place to ensure data belonging to an individual granted settled or pre-settled status and stored by her Department under the EU Settlement Scheme cannot be (a) tampered with, (b) stolen and (c) accessed without the individual’s consent.

Photo of Brandon Lewis Brandon Lewis The Minister of State, Home Department

The Home Office takes the security and integrity of all our data extremely seriously. Our staff are security cleared, and controls applied to data such that only those who have a valid business need to access data can do so.

Security audits are performed to ensure controls and processes are followed, and The Home Office monitors systems for abuse and misuse.

We engage independent third parties, accredited by the National Cyber Security Centre, to perform tests upon our networks and systems, to test cybersecurity controls.

The online service for those granted under the EU Settlement Scheme allows an individual to share their immigration status with an employer or third party, and in keeping with GDPR legislation, this process is initiated by the individual with their consent.

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