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According to ZD-Net the UK government has plans to monitor all social media traffic including the likes of Facebook, Twitter, MySpace & Bebo.

"Social-networking sites such as MySpace or Bebo are not covered by the directive," said Coaker, speaking at a meeting of the House of Commons Fourth Delegated Legislation Committee. "That is one reason why the government (is) looking at what we should do about the Intercept(ion) Modernisation Programme, because there are certain aspects of communications which are not covered by the directive."

The U.K. government has previously said communications interception is "vital" and has hinted that social-networking sites may be put under surveillance. And responding to a question from Liberal Democrat Parliament member Tom Brake, Coaker said all traffic data on social-networking sites and through instant-messaging services may be harvested and stored.

Web inventor Sir Tim Berners-Lee is not terribly keen on this idea and thinks that people should not be snooped on. This is yet another worrying turn of Labour's survelliance government and one that we should probably not be terribly surprised to read about.