David Cameron sought to downplay worries that the proposals for an extended surveillance network covering the public's phone calls, texts, and web activity would erode civil liberties.

Monitoring digital communication is "absolutely vital" in stopping serious crime and terrorism, he stressed.
"This is not about extending the reach of the state into people's data, it's about trying to keep up with modern technology," he said.

The proposed network has been criticized by members of Cameron's Conservative Party as well as their coalition partners, the Liberal Democrats. U.K.'s Cameron defends 'snooping' network proposals

This is the kind of thing I am afraid of happening in the US. A constant erosion of any right to privacy we have.