Yet another database
The government is compiling a database to track and store the international travel records of millions of Britons.
Computerised records of all 250 million journeys made by individuals in and out of the UK each year will be kept for up to 10 years. …
I (among others) have warned about this before.
And why are they doing this?
Minister of Database State for borders and immigration, and former TV producer, Phil Woolas said the government was determined to ensure the UK’s border remained one of the toughest in the world.
“Our hi-tech electronic borders system will allow us to count all passengers in and out of the UK and [it] targets those who aren’t willing to play by our rules,” he said.
“Already e-Borders has screened over 75 million passengers against immigration, customs and police watch-lists, leading to over 2,700 arrests for crimes such as murder, rape and assault.”
Note the word arrests. He provides no detail about convictions. But does he need to?
Is it worth doing all this to arrest 0.0036% of passengers?