The House of Lords has passed the Investigatory Powers Bill, putting the huge spying powers on their way to becoming law within weeks. The bill – which forces internet companies to keep records on their users for up to a year, and allows the Government to force companies to hack into or break things they’ve sold so they can be spied on – has been fought against by privacy campaigners and technology companies including Apple and Twitter.

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Theresa May finally got her surveillance powers through the U.K. parliament — and with it, she has a whole new problem to overcome in the U.K.’s split from Europe.

Westminster gave a green light to the Investigatory Powers Bill on Wednesday, granting government security services wide-ranging powers to monitor people’s phones and computers.

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David Cameron is meeting intelligence and security chiefs to discuss Britain’s response to the terror attacks in France which began with last week’s massacre at Charlie Hebdo magazine.

After joining French president Francois Hollande and more than 1 million marchers on the streets of Paris yesterday in a unity rally in memory of the 17 victims, the Prime Minister pledged to introduce “more comprehensive” powers to monitor terror suspects in the UK.

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Downing Street briefing resurrects controversial bill tracking individuals’ email, internet and mobile text use

The government appears to have left open the door to the resurrection of the controversial “snooper’s charter” bill to track everyone’s email, internet and mobile text use.

Whitehall sources confirmed that the possibility of legislation remains under discussion despite a declaration by Nick Clegg that the communications data legislation “isn’t going to happen while Lib Dems are in government”. 

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