Wed, 25 Mar 2009 17:48:50 GMT
Britain plans to monitor Facebook and save the collected data on a database named ‘Big Brother’.
Britons have protested against the government’s plan to monitor social-networking sites used by almost half the British population.
Protestors accused the British Home Office of excessive snooping on the private lives of law-abiding citizens, The Independent reported.
UK security services believe technological improvements and the widespread use of social networking sites such as MySpace, Bebo and Facebook have created a loophole for terrorists and criminal gangs to exploit.
The newly announced plan will monitor all social networking sites and save the collected data on a database called ‘Big Brother’.
There is an EU directive for monitoring emails and internet usage, but it does not cover social networking sites.
A not-so-private PC
The personal computer may soon be not-so-private, with the U.S. and some European nations working on laws allowing them access to search the content held on a person’s hard drive.