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PostPosted: Fri, 12 Mar 2010 08:09:43 +0000 
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http://news.zdnet.co.uk/security/0,1000 ... 625,00.htm

Manchester hub to spur e-Borders push

Tom Espiner ZDNet UK

Published: 11 Mar 2010 17:18 GMT

The government has moved its main passenger data processing centre from Heathrow to a larger hub in Manchester as part of its plans to increase the amount of passenger screening at UK airports.

The high-technology Manchester hub, called the National Border Targeting Centre (NBTC), was opened on Thursday by home secretary Alan Johnson. It will perform checks on passengers entering and leaving the UK, and will contribute to the government's aim of screening 100 percent of such travellers by 2014.

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The NBTC receives passenger name record (PNR) information, advanced passenger information, and data about transportation crew. It is replacing the Joint Border Operations Centre (JBOC) at Heathrow as the operational hub of the government's e-Borders programme, which is an extension of a government traveller-data project called Semaphore.

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Privacy campaigner Phil Booth, director of No2ID, said the identity watchdog group is concerned about the privacy implications of the mass gathering of data being carried out at the new hub.

"This moving of a mass surveillance capability from Heathrow to Manchester will mean tens of millions more people's personal information being surveilled for a decade," Booth said on Thursday. "Such a significant expansion of the database state may come as a shock to innocent UK holidaymakers and business travellers, who will be on a digital line-up at this new facility any time they choose to leave the country."

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PostPosted: Sat, 13 Mar 2010 10:30:26 +0000 
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Once a traveller's personal data has been collected by eBorders, it is shared with a number of organisations, let us remember, including:

    • ALON, the Airline Liaison Officer Network, operated by UKBA, Airline Liaison Officers' "main tasks include the provision of comprehensive training for airline staff on the United Kingdom's passport and visa requirements as well as basic techniques of passenger profiling and forgery awareness"
    • ATC, the Authority To Carry scheme operated by UKBA, based on API/PNR and watchlists, airlines and other carriers can have their authority to carry refused
    • BERR, the Department of Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform, previously the DTI, Department of Trade and Industry
    • BIODEV, an EU project to study the use of biometrics in visa applications
    • Business Express, a registered traveller scheme like IRIS and miSense Plus
    • CTA, the Common Travel Area = the UK + the Channel Islands + the Isle of Man + the Republic of Ireland
    • DCMS, the Department of Culture, Media and Sport
    • DCSF, the Department of Children, Schools and Families
    • DfT, the Department for Transport
    • DIUS, the Department of Innovation, Universities and Skills
    • Eurodac, the "European fingerprint database designed solely to identify asylum seekers"
    • FCO, the Foreign and Commonwealth Office
    • Frontex, an intelligence driven "EU agency [which] complements and provides particular added value to the national border management systems of the Member States"
    • HMRC, Her Majesty's Revenue and Customs
    • IATA, the International Air Transport Association = 265 airlines
    • Interpol, "the world’s largest international police organization, with 187 member countries"
    • IPS, the Identity and Passport Service, an executive agency of the Home Office
    • IRIS, the Iris Recognition Immigration System, a registered traveller scheme like Business Express and miSense Plus
    • J-BOC, the Joint e-Borders Operations Centre, part of UKBA
    • members of the travel, tourism and hospitality sectors
    • miSense Plus, a registered traveller scheme like Business Express and IRIS
    • NDFU, the National Document Fraud Unit, part of UKBA
    • other organisations, professional, educational and NGOs with an interest in migration and border and visa issues
    • overseas law enforcement and security agencies
    • Project Semaphore, the database system operated under contract by IBM to collect and disseminate advance passenger information and passenger name records (API/PNR), this is presumably the database that will now be sited in Wythenshawe, as Jacqui Smith inadvertently told everyone, and used by J-BOC
    • Registered Traveller Schemes, including Business Express, miSense Plus and IRIS, any accelerated entry scheme, often biometrics-based
    • Sea Carrier Liaison, an equivalent to ALON, being considered, may never exist
    • SISII, the Schengen Information System II, "a database containing alerts on stolen objects and persons who are wanted for extradition, who are missing or who are subject to an entry ban for a particular country", the UK failed to connect to SIS for several years and may similarly fail with SISII
    • SOCA, the Serious Organised Crime Agency
    • SPT, Simplifying Passenger Travel, "a joint initiative amongst a number of key parties involved in the passenger's journey: passengers, airlines, airports, control authorities, and technological suppliers"
    • the EU
    • the Four Countries Group = UK + US + Canada + Australia
    • the Islamabad Consular Immigration Link Team
    • the police
    • the Risk Assessment Unit (RAU) in Accra, RAUs process 90% of visa applications at FCO overseas posts on behalf of UKVisas
    • the Sponsored Family Visitor scheme, one of four categories of visa, the other three being tourist, business and student
    • the Welcome to Britain Group, brings together "representatives from transport, travel, hospitality, border processes and public diplomacy organisations" under the aegis of VisitBritain
    • UKBA, the UK Border Agency, previously the Immigration and Nationality Directorate (IND), = Home Office + FCO + HMRC
    • UKTI, UK Trade and Investment, part of BERR, "can help you rise to the exciting opportunities and challenges that globalisation offers"
    • UKvisas, previously a joint venture between the Home Office and the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, now part of UKBA
    • VisitBritain, "Britain's national tourism agency"

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PostPosted: Sat, 13 Mar 2010 14:15:36 +0000 
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Can you quote the source for that very useful and interesting list?

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PostPosted: Sat, 13 Mar 2010 16:35:45 +0000 
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Guy Herbert wrote:
Can you quote the source for that very useful and interesting list?

Certainly can.

The list was compiled by trawling through the March 2007 joint Home Office and Foreign & Commonwealth Office paper on eBorders:


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