UK Revisits Massive Phone, Email Surveillance Plan

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The British government is planning a nationwide surveillance network to monitor various forms of communication between its citizens, from emails to phone calls.

Proposals are already underway for the massive database, but the idea is not a new one. Earlier plans for phone and email surveillance in the United Kingdom were ditched in 2008 after public outrage.

Now, technology experts familiar with the plan say the government appears to be "reintroducing it on a slightly different format."

A government spokesman said the program would not involve prying into the content of emails or voice conversations.

"It's not about the content," the official said, speaking anonymously in line with office policy. "It's about the who, what, where, and when."

Still, some lawmakers are skeptical of the move.

"It is not focusing on terrorists or on criminals," conservative lawmaker David Davis told the BBC. "It is absolutely everybody."

The London Times also warned the program will likely cost billions of dollars.

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