I’m in Bejing at present – ironic when I read of the British Government’s latest plans.
The Government has announced plans to monitor people’s communications on social-networking sites. The new proposals will see sites such as Facebook, MySpace and Bebo compelled to retain information about people’s contacts and surfing habits.
It’s the latest in a set of draconian measures designed to tackle terrorism. The Government has already announced plans to store details of every phone call, email and internet visit made in the UK as part of its intercept modernisation programme.
Government minister Vernon Coaker says the Government needs to widen the net on internet surveillance. “Social networking sites, such as MySpace or Bebo, are not covered by the directive,” he said, according to a report in The Independent.