From the Socialist Courier blog:
"A massive extension of surveillance powers comes into force today, giving police, government officials and even local councils unprecedented access to everyone's telephone records. The new regulations will force telecommunications companies to retain information about all landline and mobile calls made by members of the public for one year, and hand over the data to over 650 public bodies and quangos. The move, quietly approved by Parliament in July under the Regulation of Investigatory Powers Act 2000, is being justified as a vital tool in the fight against terrorism." (Daily Telegraph, 1 October)
In George Orwell's dystopia 1984 the frightening slogan was Big Brother is Watching You. A more up-to-date slogan would be Big Brother is Listening to You.