Quick! What country is most likely to know who your friends are and who your relatives friends are and who your friends' friends are and what sort of contact each of you has with the other? That wants to know everything you do, how you do it, when you do it, why you do it, with whom you do it, where you do it, and so on.
Based on this, ahem, stellar reporting, North Korea, right? Nope. Take another guess.
Equatorial Guinea. Uh-uh. Cuba? Sorry. Libya or Saudi Arabia or Iran?
Nice try, but the answer is actually the United Kingdom, birthplace of common law, land of human rights and autonomy, etc.
According to this FoxNews Channel report, police want the ability to do these things because technology keeps getting ahead of them, and they just can't keep you safe otherwise. While they'd need a warrant to read your e-mails, they wouldn't need one to know to whom you're sending or receiving them.
In a statement to FNC, the Home Office said, "It is vital that police and security agences are able to obtain communications data in certain circumstances to investigate serious crime and terrorism and to protect the public. We need to take action to maintain continued availability of communications data as technology develops."
They would accomplish this by having every computer-like device be made with the tracking software already in it.
I expect this from the DPRK. From Great Britain, land of my ancestors? Ugh. What is this world coming to? It's really just becoming more and more unbelievable.