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British MPs back emergency Bill that lets police, security services access data

Published on Jul 16, 2014 7:53 AM
 
Britain's Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg (right) listens to Prime Minister David Cameron speak at a joint news conference at 10 Downing Street in central London on July 10, 2014. Britain's lower house of parliament voted in favour of emergency legislation to allow police and security services to continue accessing Internet and mobile phone data following angry exchanges between lawmakers on Tuesday. -- PHOTO: REUTERS

LONDON (AFP) - Britain's lower house of parliament voted in favour of emergency legislation to allow police and security services to continue accessing Internet and mobile phone data following angry exchanges between lawmakers on Tuesday.

A group of 56 members of parliament confronted the three main parties, which had agreed to rush the new legislation into law, claiming the move was an abuse of parliament.

The Bill, which will allow mobile networks and Internet providers to keep information on communications between people in case they are needed for investigations, was ultimately passed in the House of Commons by a large majority.

But it must still be approved in the upper chamber House of Lords, and has a sunset clause allowing it to be reviewed at six-month intervals.

 
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