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article imagee-Borders Program Tracks British Travel

By KJ Mullins     Feb 8, 2009 in Politics
The British government is stepping up their Big Brother image. A new database is being made of all British travel in and out of the United Kingdom. The information will be kept for up to 10 years.
The government says that the database is needed in the fight against crime, illegal immigration and terrorism. Those opposed to the plan warn though it is a step towards a surveillance society.
Travelers' names, addresses, telephone numbers, seat reservations, travel itineraries and credit card details will be stored on the database.
The BBC quotes Shadow home secretary Chris Grayling:
"The government seems to be building databases to track more and more of our lives.
"The justification is always about security or personal protection. But the truth is that we have a government that just can't be trusted over these highly sensitive issues. We must not allow ourselves to become a Big Brother society."
The e-Borders program will cover flights, ferries and train trips. It will be like the programs run in other countries including US, Canada, Spain and Australia.
The e-Borders program has already resulted in over 2,700 arrests for crimes of murder, rape and assault.
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