Controversy Sparked Over Government's e-Borders Program

The British Government's 1.2 Billion Pounds scheme, making it compulsory for every passengers traveling in and out of the country to provide all the information asked for, called e-Borders, has managed to spark much controversy in the European Union, and authorities from the EU nations have warned that to force travelers to give out information could be considered illegal.

As per the program, it would be mandatory to collect all the vital information from everyone much in advance of their travel, so that the authorities can effectively check them against watchlists and also easily count the number of travelers.

But the EU has now said that the passengers should not be forced in anyway to hand over the desired information, as this could breach the Union's rules over free movement. Also, carriers will not be ordered to "refuse boarding of anyone who declines to pass on their details".

Instead of asking for information beforehand, the UK Border Agency will just have to check people, who have not provided the required data, once they are in the country, and authorities should not be refusing entry to any EU citizen or even their family members "regardless of nationality, solely on the grounds that they refused to provide the information".

The e-Borders scheme, which is being termed as "illegal" by EU reports sent in, is now being looked at again and the British Government is under increased pressure to revisit the policies involved.