EU citizens in the UK before Brexit can apply for settled status, which allows them to continue to live and work there afterwards. Applicants and campaigning groups have criticised the system, saying it has proved slow and bureaucratic for some.
Nicolas Hatton, from the 3 Million group that campaigns for EU citizens’ rights, said the incident showed the settled status process was not sufficiently robust. “It feels like it adds insult to injury,” he said.
A Home Office spokesman said: “In communicating with a small group of applicants, an administrative error was made which meant other applicants’ email addresses could be seen.
“As soon as the error was identified, we apologised personally to the 240 applicants affected and have improved our systems and procedures to stop this occurring again.”