Daily Archives: July 26, 2011

According to Travel Weekly: An academic leading research into the impact of advance passenger-data gathering on the travel industry says the government has left the sector to bear the burden of a policy called into question by MPs. Dr Kirstie Ball, a specialist in surveillance and organisation at the Open University Business School, said: “The impact of this scheme is being felt across the entire travel sector. “The government has placed a lot of pressure on the sector to comply with e-borders. The industry is being asked to change processes and systems when it is questionable the government is keeping its side of the bargain.” The e-Borders system and the Advance Passenger Information System (Apis) requests that go with it have imposed multi-million pound costs on the industry. Yet the Home Affairs Select Committee of MPs concluded in its last report, released at the end of May: “We remain deeply […]

Apis costs questioned by experts and MPs

Christopher Hope, and Robert Winnett write in The Daily Telegraph: The DNA of more than one million innocent people will not be wiped from police records, The Daily Telegraph can disclose. Instead the police will retain DNA profiles in anonymised form, leaving open the possibility of connecting them up with people’s names, ministers have admitted. The admission appears to break a Coalition commitment to delete all innocent profiles, apart from those accused of violent or sex crimes, from police databases. Civil liberties groups accused the Government of a “disgraceful U-turn” and a “breach of promise” to destroy innocent people’s DNA. In an editorial comment, the paper says: This was supposed to be a coalition that could at least agree on the sinister implications of mass supervision; hence the ditching of ID cards. But the effect of that liberating decision is rather cancelled out by this setback for liberty. We urge […]

Innocent people’s DNA profiles won’t be deleted after all, minister ...