Re: Not only the US mate
Some say She invented the Police State concept.
Much later Churchill was perhaps first to see value of international data hoovering. He set up an procedure to have copies of ALL international Telegraph traffic, perhaps even before WWI. See also Room 40 codebreaking (from 1914).
"When Churchill was made First Lord of the Admiralty in 1911 he was already deeply concerned about German militarism, in particular Kaiser Wilhelm's determination to build a powerful navy. Germany had never been much of a seafaring nation and the Kaiser's plans seemed to represent something more sinister than battleship envy."
"Room 40 played an important role in several naval engagements during the war, notably in detecting major German sorties into the North Sea that led to the battles of Dogger Bank and Jutland as the British fleet was sent out to intercept them. However its most important contribution was probably in decrypting the Zimmermann Telegram, a telegram from the German Foreign Office sent via Washington to its ambassador Heinrich von Eckardt in Mexico.
This interception had been made possible a few hours after Britain entered the war by the cable ship Alert (though often incorrectly attributed to the Telconia), which stood off the German coast and cut the five telegraph cables connecting Germany with Spain, Tenerife and New York"