Searches In Your Home

UNITE has members in various companies involved in the National Identity Scheme Programme (often known as the ID cards scheme, though it is wider than that) under the Identity and Passport Service (IPS). Late last year, the Times covered a leak of the Non-Disclosure Agreement (NDA) which companies working on the scheme are required to sign, and which raises serious concerns for employees.
The companies would appear to be giving the Home Office the right to enter and search employees’ homes for up to 25 years after working on the contract. One would expect the ID scheme to have stringent measures to protect against data loss, but one would also expect consultation with employees about those measures and for everyone involved to understand the impact of those measures on them.
A UNITE member on the company’s UK Consultative Forum (UKCF) asked about how this affected Fujitsu staff.
Fujitsu said it had not yet won any business through the IPS contract, but this could change depending on the outcome of our bid. At this stage the company has not consulted employees about the implications for them, nor asked individuals to sign NDAs.
Individuals presented with a Non Disclosure Agreement (NDA) or similar legal documents should ensure they fully understand and agree with them before signing, and seek advice if necessary.

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