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.

The British prime minister set out the proposal, dubbed the Snooper’s Charter by critics, a year ago when she was home secretary and has twisted arms to get the bill through parliament.

The bill allows government security services to hack people’s computers and smartphones, snoop on browsing history going back a year and track millions of devices simultaneously at the request of the home secretary.

The government believes the legislation is needed to tackle organized crime and terrorism and May told parliament back in March that privacy is “hardwired” into the bill. However privacy advocates call it Orwellian, “the most extreme surveillance law ever passed in a democracy.”

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