According to the Telegraph this morning the Government is planning yet another database to track not only all our international travel, but the reasons for travel and our credit card details too. Putting aside the fact that the Government can't be trusted with our data, this is being done in the name of fighting crime. According to the UK Borders Agency,
"The e-Borders scheme has already screened over 82m passengers travelling to Britain, leading to more than 2,900 arrests, for crimes including murder, drug dealing and sex offences. e-borders helps the police catch criminals attempt to escape justice."That represents a whopping 0.003% of the tracked journeys leading to an arrest. The economy of scale between the cost and implmentation of such a system compared to its results is going to be, frankly, idiotic. No doubt it will be paid for by even more profligate borrowing and economic maladministration.