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The Guardian: Prevent data being secretly shared with ports and airports

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Prevent data is being secretly sent to airports, ports and immigration services, as well as officials at the Home Office and the Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office (FCDO), the Observer has revealed.

This means that details of thousands of individuals referred to the government’s controversial anti-radicalisation programme are being shared far more widely than was previously known.

Critics believe the widespread sharing of data could be unlawful, with sensitive personal details of those referred to Prevent being moved between databases without the knowledge or consent of the individuals concerned.

A Metropolitan police document seen by the Observer also confirms that the sharing of details relating to Prevent across the police extends much wider than just counter-terrorism units, with local officers among those able to access such details.

Layla Aitlhadj, director and senior caseworker at Prevent Watch: “The fact that children as young as four who have been referred to Prevent erroneously still have their data shared in such an intrusive manner should send shockwaves across the human rights, and particularly children’s rights, organisations.

“Prevent Watch clients have informed us of stops at the borders following Prevent referrals but we never had any evidence to suggest that the incidents were connected. These revelations get us one step closer to exposing just how abusive the data processing aspect of Prevent is.”

Aitlhadj added: “The FoI further exposes the myth that Prevent is not a form of criminalisation, because even the individuals flagged as ‘no further action’ can have their data on criminal databases and [be] flagged on watchlists. The natural tenets of justice do not apply with Prevent, where you can exonerate yourself from a charge or suspicion, because of its pre-crime nature.”
 

Read more on The Guardian.

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