Cameron said: "On telephone calls and emails, no one is talking about changing the rules and snooping into the content of somebody's telephone calls or emails. You still need a warrant signed by the Home Secretary for that.
In order for the home secretary to be able to sign a warrant that allows inspection of the contents of the messages and for that warrant to have any effect #deep breath#THERE HAS TO BE A COPY OF THE CONTENT TO DAMN WELL LOOK AT
So warrant or not the content is being recorded
, and as far as I am aware the service provider is charged with retaining it.
Or perhaps the prime minister could confirm that the recording of traffic content between a specified small group of suspected terrorists will not take place until after a warrant has been issued and further that the routine recording of content for the general population, just in case, will not take place at all ?
Until such assurances are received this plan can be stuffed where the sun does not shine, sideways.