Tuesday, 17 March 2009

Latest unwarranted privacy violation

The Daily Telegraph reports that the travel plans and personal details of everyone leaving Britain are to be tracked by the Government. Under the "e-borders" scheme, they intend to make it a criminal offence not to submit, in advance of every trip, personal information such as passport and credit card details, home and email addresses and exact travel plans. This is already starting to happen.

The kind of thing that e-borders enables is illustrated by this story, which shows that you could be stopped from leaving the country if you have unpaid parking fines or indeed any other mark against your name. What are the chances that before the year is out, we'll be reading stories about innocent people trying to travel abroad who get arrested at the airport or sea port thanks to some mix-up?

With developments like these, it's hard to believe that we are not living in a police state.

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