Britain's 'Big Brother' grows bigger and uglier, by the bloody day
What's the difference between Brown, Blair, Obama, Bush and Orwell's Big (1984) Brother?
Not a lot.
Phone companies are already required to store details of all calls, such as the time and date, location and who made them, for 12 months for possible use in criminal investigations or court cases.
An EU directive ordering data on internet traffic to be stored in a similar way is due to come into effect in the UK on Monday, 6 April.
The government is also considering proposals to store all communications data on a single database, which may be run by a private company.
So what else is new?