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Those worthy and noble beings, The Commissioners Of Her Majesty’s Revenue & Customs, have exercised their powers under sections 35(1) and 64(2) of the Customs and Excise Management Act 1979 (aka “The Ways and Means Act”) to direct the information which must be disclosed or to which they must be granted access by ships, aircraft and through train entering, expected to enter, leaving or expected to leave the UK.

You can read the Direction in all its magnificent and scary glory here

Not only is it scary because any ship, aircraft or through trains containing 12 or more passengers must disclose the names, addresses, number and names on same booking, seat allocation etc etc but also because, so far as I can tell from the latest versions of the legislation (primary) these powers don’t extend to “through trains”!

I may be just and old fashioned conspiracy theorist, but isn’t this a bit too close for comfort to the recent Miranda debacle and the fluster Mr Snowden has caused?