Home Office figures show there were almost 25,950 subject access requests for files in 2016

Tens of thousands of people each year could be prevented from obtaining information about their own immigration status under new data protection powers, Home Office figures reveal.

Changes proposed in the data protection bill, which was being debated by MPs on Wednesday, would deprive applicants of a reliable means of obtaining files on themselves from the department through what are known as subject access requests (SARs).

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