George Orwell's 1984 revisited by the US government

George Orwell little did he know what would happen

US Internet service providers are wary about the latest Internet security idea from the US government - mandatory recording for five years or more of customer Web surfing, email and even Web chat services.

As well as the sheer cost of creating the data warehouses required for the storage of the data records, ISPs are deeply concerned about who will be allowed access to the database. Similar data retention proposals are under way in the UK, with ISPs being required to record user interactions for several years.

Snooping on phone calls using a computer scanning system is one thing, but to have all of your Web activity similarly scanned? That's a total and utter invasion of privacy that even George Orwell, the author of 1984, would be amazed at...

Does it spell the end of privacy on the net? What are your thoughts?