Secret plan to use charities to help deport rough sleepers

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Home Office accused of turning ‘outreach workers into border guards’ as emails reveal new scheme targeting non-UK homeless

The Home Office has drawn up a secret programme using homelessness charities to acquire sensitive personal data that could result in the deportation of non-UK rough sleepers, the Observer can reveal.

A chain of emails from senior Home Office officials from December 2018 to May 2019 also shows that the clandestine programme ignores European privacy laws by passing rough sleepers’ sensitive personal information directly to the Home Office without their consent.

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