The Trusted Borders Consortium is comprised of Raytheon Systems, QinetiQ, Accenture, Capgemini, Detica, Daon, Serco, and Steria.
RAYTHEON has central role in developing and maintaining ECHELON
Raytheon - en.wikipedia.org...
QinetiQ is an international defence and security technology company.
QinetiQ's UK Privatised Military checklist
Accenture is responsible for training end users of the system and helping to
measure the overall business benefits of the e-Borders programme. Accenture is
a global management consulting, technology services and outsourcing company with experience working with border and identity management agencies
Capgemini is responsible for the development of business architecture including
the design of business processes, organisation structure and primary data flows.
It specialises in collecting, managing and exploiting information to reveal actionable intelligence. Detica is a leading UK information
specialist, working extensively in this area for commercial, law enforcement and
national security clients.
Daon (pronounced day-on) is an international biometrics and identity assurance software company.
Serco is responsible for infrastructure and service management. Serco is a
leading international service company which specialises in providing
operational, management and consulting expertise to the UK and other
governments. Serco already provides the Mycroft intelligence management system
to the UK Borders and Immigration Agency.
Steria is responsible for the development of the Agency interfaces. Steria is a
major European IT services provider with extensive experience of European border
management systems, through programmes such as the Schengen Information System (SISII) and Visa Information System (VIS).
In July 2001 the European Parliament reported on the existence of a global system for the interception of private and commercial communications
(ECHELON) (2001/2098(INI). The report concluded that a global system for intercepting communications exists and that its purpose is to intercept
private and commercial communications, and not military communications.
Section 7.4: "To sum up, it can therefore be said that the current legal position is that in principle an ECHELON type intelligence system is not
in breach of Union law because it does not concern the aspects of Union law that would be required for there to be incompatibility. However, this
applies only where the system is actually used exclusively for the purposes of state security in the broad sense. On the other hand, were it to be
used for other purposes and for industrial espionage directed against foreign firms, this would constitute an infringement of EC law. Were a Member
State to be involved in such action, it would be in breach of Community law."
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