The government is compiling a database to track and store the international travel records of millions of Britons.
Computerised records of all 250 million journeys made by individuals in and out of the UK each year will be kept for up to 10 years.
The government says the database is essential in the fight against crime, illegal immigration and terrorism.
The intelligence centre will store names, addresses, telephone numbers, seat reservations, travel itineraries and credit card details of travellers.
I don't think I gave permission to the airlines to give my credit card details etc to the government. If it wants my data then it will have to ask me for it first, I hope.
Would this be the same government that still doesn't have a database of our health records in the NHS? Given its current level of success at implementing big databases I think we are safe for a bit longer.
But it seems we should read the payment conditions set by airlines more carefully when we book online, and complain.