Sign petition to stop DWP spying on claimants’ bank accounts

In Parliament, the Lords are discussing and opposing the Data Bill clause which would give the DWP powers to scan the bank accounts of more than 22 million claimants, including pensioners, using artificial intelligence.

Sign the Big Brother Watch (BBW) petition here

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DWP are the real criminals“. We know how brutally the DWP behaves towards sick and disabled people, and claimants generally. Family carer Vivienne Groom was threatened with prison for benefit fraud and “Proceeds of Crime” powers. Previously, she was misinformed that she didn’t need to declare working part-time at a supermarket while caring for her mother. Carer’s Allowance is a pittance for minimum 35 hours of caring work, and there is a limit on how much you are allowed to earn on top.

In the face of Rishi Sunak’s speech attacking sick and disabled people’s need for financial support, we’re more determined than ever, to defend our benefit rights. And we’re campaigning with Big Brother Watch and disability organisations to stop this surveillance. Read the Open Letter here.

Legal opinion: The powers breach our right to privacy (Article 8) and “The exercise of the powers is likely to have a disproportionate impact on particular groups, including disabled people, people of colour, women and older people.”

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