UK: Biometric ‘permission to travel’ scheme in Borders Bill will affect tens of millions of people

20 September 2021 — Statewatch

The attack on the asylum system proposed by the UK government in the Nationality and Borders Bill has, rightfully, provoked outrage. However, the Bill also includes proposals to introduce an electronic ‘permission to travel’ scheme that would involve gathering biometric and other data from tens of millions of people.

The UK Parliament’s Joint Committee on Human Rights (JCHR) is conducting legislative scrutiny on the Bill. Statewatch submitted written observations to the inquiry last week examining the problematic legal basis proposed for the scheme and the ways in which it could undermine the rights to privacy, freedom from discrimination, and the UK’s obligations under the Geneva Convention.

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