The UK government has unveiled plans to monitor social network sites contacts in an effort to “tackle crime gangs and terrorists” , stressing that it “would not keep the content of conversations”.
Following earlier plans to keep all phone calls, e-mails and websites visited on a central database, the UK government has been accused of putting together a “snoopers’ charter” by campaigners for civil liberties.
Amid concerns about security, Liberal Democrat MP Tom Brake stressed his lack of confidence in the security of personal information in a government-controlled database.
Chris Kelly, Facebook's chief privacy officer called this latest proposal "overkill".
An EU directive to store all Internet traffic data will come into force in the UK on 6th April 2009.