Feeds

Ministers want e-borders fast-tracked

'Crucial' to fight terrorism

  • alert
  • submit to reddit

New hybrid storage solutions

UK ministers are looking into fast-tracking the e-borders scheme - electronic checks on passports at sea, rail and airports - in a bid to tighten port security after a suspect in the failed attacks on London managed to get out of the country on the Eurostar.

According to The Observer, ministers are considering bringing the implementation forward if their investigation suggests it could help efforts to combat terrorism.

The e-borders scheme, which is due for deployment anyway in 2008, specifically involves checking details of anyone leaving the country against police, intelligence and immigration watchlists before they are able to board their transport. However, there are concerns that if the implementation is rushed, authorities will not have time to iron out any problems with the underlying computer system.

Despite this, the Observer report quotes an unnamed government source as saying that e-borders is now considered "crucial to the fight against terrorism", and it should be brought forward. Waiting until 2008 would be waiting too long, the source said. ®

Related stories

How Blair high tech 'security' pledge will fix the wrong problem
Going Underground? Forget the mobile
UK police chiefs seek powers to attack terror websites
Clarke 'lowers bar' on terror crime via web, writing, preaching

Security for virtualized datacentres

More from The Register

next story
Phones 4u slips into administration after EE cuts ties with Brit mobe retailer
More than 5,500 jobs could be axed if rescue mission fails
JINGS! Microsoft Bing called Scots indyref RIGHT!
Redmond sporran metrics get one in the ten ring
Driving with an Apple Watch could land you with a £100 FINE
Bad news for tech-addicted fanbois behind the wheel
Murdoch to Europe: Inflict MORE PAIN on Google, please
'Platform for piracy' must be punished, or it'll kill us in FIVE YEARS
Phones 4u website DIES as wounded mobe retailer struggles to stay above water
Founder blames 'ruthless network partners' for implosion
Sony says year's losses will be FOUR TIMES DEEPER than thought
Losses of more than $2 BILLION loom over troubled Japanese corp
Radio hams can encrypt, in emergencies, says Ofcom
Consultation promises new spectrum and hints at relaxed licence conditions
Why Oracle CEO Larry Ellison had to go ... Except he hasn't
Silicon Valley's veteran seadog in piratical Putin impression
Big Content Australia just blew a big hole in its credibility
AHEDA's research on average content prices did not expose methodology, so appears less than rigourous
prev story

Whitepapers

Secure remote control for conventional and virtual desktops
Balancing user privacy and privileged access, in accordance with compliance frameworks and legislation. Evaluating any potential remote control choice.
WIN a very cool portable ZX Spectrum
Win a one-off portable Spectrum built by legendary hardware hacker Ben Heck
Storage capacity and performance optimization at Mizuno USA
Mizuno USA turn to Tegile storage technology to solve both their SAN and backup issues.
High Performance for All
While HPC is not new, it has traditionally been seen as a specialist area – is it now geared up to meet more mainstream requirements?
The next step in data security
With recent increased privacy concerns and computers becoming more powerful, the chance of hackers being able to crack smaller-sized RSA keys increases.