The UK Home Secretary (whatever that
is) has put the kibosh on plans for a giant government database
that would track all of the country's emails, phone calls and internet activity. But not so fast, civil libertarians! According to the Telegraph
, the onus will merely shift to the private sector -- with telecoms and Internet providers being required to retain the data, at a cost of around £2 billion (over $2.9 billion US). According to the plan, every Internet user will be given a unique ID code that the government can use to access the data in the event of a threat -- whether terrorist, criminal, or extraterrestrial. It just goes to show you how lucky Britons are to have a government that cares so much
about their well being. Video after the break.