UK Liberty

0.0035% of people screened by e-Borders are arrested

Posted in database state, stupid, surveillance society by ukliberty on March 11, 2009

And yes, that’s arrested, not charged or convicted.

The Daily Mail:

Holidaymakers have been warned to expect long delays at airports after the Home Office chose to bring in a security system at one of the busiest times of year.

Travel firms said any unresolved problems with the e-Borders database, which electronically checks passengers coming in and out of Britain, could hold up check-ins and flights. 

The £1.2billion database was supposed to come in last October, but delays mean it will be imposed when millions are heading off on Easter breaks. …

One leading travel firm has warned ministers that the new timescales are ‘too tight to be met’ and the plans have become ‘illogical and unachievable’ with too little time for ironing out technical issues. 

Political expediency trumps expert disagreement.

A UK Border Agency spokesman said last night: ‘We aim to detect terrorist suspects, known criminals and would-be illegal immigrants before they can do harm.’ 

She said that in pilot schemes e-Borders has screened more than 82million passengers – leading to more than 2,900 arrests – and testing of the system should be largely completed by May. 

2900 arrests out of 82 million passenger screens.  Cost of over £410,000 per arrest.

No information on charges or convictions – possibly because they make it look even less worthwhile.

I have to wonder, is it worth it?