The British government will order phone companies and broadband providers to record the details of all phone calls, text messages, and emails and restore the data for one year, reported the Telegraph on Saturday.
Britain’s new spy plans will also target social networking websites such as Facebook and Twitter as the details of direct messages communicated between the users are to be recorded.
The change in the social media has been a concern for the British government at the times of crisis such as the unprecedented unrest which swept across the country in August last year.
Exerting more control over British public’s communication via social media is a preventative measure taken by the British government to spy on people and limit their access to the means of communication.
The Telegraph revealed that Britain’s Home Office has been engaged in negotiations with internet providers for two months.
The spy plans have been drawn up by the country’s intelligence agencies MI5 and MI6 in collaboration with the GCHQ, Britain's secretive agency of intelligence experts.
Big Brother Watch, a campaign group defending individual privacy and civil liberties, described the British government’s decision as “shameful” as saying, “Britain is already one of the most spied on countries off-line,” online spying on the British public would be another invasion on their privacy.