It has been revealed that another database is being implemented in the United Kingdom. This time, its one that will track its citizens while on vacation and store that information in a database for up to ten years. Essentially, the British government will know everywhere you go, everything you see, and everything you do.
The intelligence centre will store names, addresses, telephone numbers, seat reservations, travel itineraries and credit card details for all 250m passenger movements in and out of the UK each year.
The computerised pattern of every individual’s travel history will be stored for up to 10 years, the Home Office admits.
The government says the new database, to be housed in an industrial estate in Wythenshawe, near Manchester, is essential in the fight against crime, illegal immigration and terrorism. However, opposition MPs, privacy campaigners and some government officials fear it is a significant step towards a total surveillance society.
“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 database is also expected to monitor people’s travel companions.
Uh, screw you. This is just another reason to never set foot in the UK again. I have nothing to hide, at least I don’t think so. That doesn’t matter. I should not be treated like a criminal just because I want to visit a country. My money will be spent elsewhere.
And before people claim the old, “If you have nothing to hide” adage, let me point out that this has nothing to do with terrorism. It has everything to do with control and protest. If you protest, you go on a list. Suddenly, you are restricted from traveling abroad. Have you done anything wrong other than voice your opposition to something? Yet this can, and does, happen.
When I think of the DNA database of innocents, the monitoring of all communications, the tracking of all motor vehicles, the monitoring of travel details, and keeping databases on just about all its citizens, I should be thinking of the Stasi. Unfortunately, I now think of the United Kingdom and want no part of it.