The Home Office and Border Force comply with the General Data Protection Regulations (GDPR) and the Data Protection Act 2018.
The information you gave in your electronic visa waiver application will be held and processed by the Home Office, 2 Marsham Street, London SW1P 4DF. The Home Office is the controller of this information, even if third parties process it for us.
We have a data protection officer who makes sure your information is used, shared and saved correctly. You can email them at DPO@homeoffice.gov.uk if you have any questions.
Using your information
The Home Office collects, processes and shares personal information so we can carry out our legal duties, including immigration control at, or before, the border. We’ll only process your information so we can carry out our legal duties.
The information you provided in this application will be used to:
- make a decision on your application
- help prevent and detect crime
- help improve the service and train Home Office staff
- tell you about changes to this service - you do not need to give your consent to receive emails from us
Sharing your information
The Home Office may share the information you provided with other organisations, for example:
- fraud prevention agencies
- UK or overseas government departments or law enforcement agencies
- people whose electronic visa waiver application is linked to yours (for example your partner if you’re travelling together)
- people who can verify information in your application
The information you provide may be shared with other people to:
- help process your application
- check the information you provide is correct
- help prevent and detect crime, for example fraud or money laundering
You can read more about how the Home Office may use your personal information, including what we use it for, lawful reasons for using it and who we may share it with.
You can read more about how information held by fraud prevention agencies may be used.
Storing your information
We’ll only keep the information you gave us for as long as is needed to provide this service or to fulfil our functions and our records management policy. You can read more about how long Border Force might keep your information.
Your rights over your information
You have rights over your information. This means you:
- can ask to see what personal information the Home Office holds about you
- might be able to object to and restrict the use of your personal information, or to ask to have your data corrected or deleted
- can complain to the Information Commissioner’s Office about the way the Home Office is handling your personal information
- can email the Home Office data protection officer at DPO@homeoffice.gov.uk if you have any questions or concerns about the collection, use or disclosure of your personal information