04/01/13 18:36 Filed in: Government
The UKBA contracted a private company called Capita to track down illegal migrants.
Capita are currently sending out text messages to persons suspected of being in the UK illegally. The messages ask the individuals to leave the UK as soon as possible. A BBC report
confirmed Capita are sending messages in error, such errors including asking a British woman, and a man with a valid visa (who has also invested £1M in a UK business) to leave. Capita responded by saying that some information provided by the UKBA, upon which they base their messages, may be inaccurate.
Not withstanding the fact that the UKBA passed on incorrect data, this action may also be contrary to their duties under the Data Protection Act. Relevant support groups have been in touch with Ofcom and the Information Commission, as well as informing the UKBA that they may be liable to harassment under the Protection from Harassment Act.
If you receive a text message you should complain to the UKBA via their online form found here
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