“No current plan,” but give them the tools and eventually they will use them.
The Home Office says it has no current plans to force the Royal Mail to store data on all letters and postcards passing through its system. [...] And it stressed that only data about mail – not its contents – would be retained if the law was ever enacted.
Under the draft bill, the Royal Mail and other postal services could be asked to retain “anything written on the outside” of items for up to 12 months so they can be accessed by the police, security services and HM Revenue and Customs. But a Home Office spokesman said only information relating to the “communications data of mail — who sent the letter to whom, when it was sent and the origin and destination” would, potentially, be stored.
Detail of all UK internet use will be stored for up to 12 months so that it can be accessed by the police, the security services and HM Revenue and Customs if the draft bill becomes law. Records will include people’s activity on social network sites, webmail, internet phone calls and online gaming.
Meanwhile, here in the US…