The government says the database is essential in the fight against crime, illegal immigration and terrorism.
But opposition MPs and privacy campaigners fear it is a significant step towards a surveillance society.
The intelligence centre will store names, addresses, telephone numbers, seat reservations, travel itineraries and credit card details of travellers.
A worthy cause, but up there with "when did you stop beating your wife", as a justification
Already e-Borders has screened over 75 million passengers against immigration, customs and police watch-lists, leading to over 2,700 arrests for crimes such as murder, rape and assault.
Which, if my arithmetic is right, implies a failure rate of 99.9964%.
But never mind that you might be spending two weeks in Spain with your dearly beloved, but the state now has your credit card details, food preferences, and holiday booking.
All of this is more than China, Russia and Cuba demand, and vindicates Chris Hulme...
We are sleepwalking into a surveillance state and should remember that George Orwell's 1984 was a warning, not a blueprint.
I am now moving to encrypting my emails as a matter of course, and encouage my correspondents to do the same with gnuPG, an excellent piece of freeware.