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Windrush immigration papers scandal is a big fat GDPR fail for UK.gov

gnasher729 Silver badge

"If an English person was invited to and emigrated to the West Indies, they then didn't bother to do any of the required paperwork including applying for citizenship"...

If that English person were told that they could stay indefinitely, without any need to apply for citizenship, then all the documentation that they arrived legally was intentionally destroyed, and then 30 years later when everyone knows that they are in the country legally, they are asked for the first time to produce 30 year old evidence...

Since the government is supposed to record which foreigners enter and leave the country, they could easily check that data, and if there is no evidence that someone left the country for two years, then they haven't. The government also should keep tax records, and if someone paid income taxes for the last 45 years, they have been here.

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