Travel database 'could provide added protection'
16 February 2009 07:50
A government database storing details of every international journey made by Brits could help improve consumer confidence over issues such as overseas card fraud and terrorism.
That is according to travelsupermarket.com, which was commenting on the new plans tot keep computerised records of all 250 million journeys annually made in and out of the UK for up to ten years, as first reported by the BBC.
Storing details including names, addresses, telephone numbers, seat reservations, travel itineraries and credit card details of all travellers, the database could provide holidaymakers with an extra layer of protection beyond their travel insurance policies.
Duncan Barraclough, head of hotels at the website, suggested that measures such as this are designed to help endow travellers with "added consumer confidence".
"Whether a central database is the answer remains to be seen but it's clear that there are areas of improvement the banks can make [to cut down on fraud] and this highlights that," he added.
Statistics from payment industry trade association Apacs suggest that plastic card fraud rose by 14 per cent to £301.7 million in the first six months of 2008 - 40 per cent of this rise was attributed to illicit activity conducted overseas.