UK government outlines emergency legislation to continue storing private communications data

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Despite global privacy concerns raised in the wake of the Edward Snowden revelations, UK Prime Minister David Cameron and Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg announced new emergency legislation that will enable law enforcement and intelligence agencies to continue to access telecommunications and online data to combat crime. The legislation comes in direct contrast to EU rulings that stipulate retaining telecoms and internet data was illegal. It also comes before ISPs and phone networks were to start deleting this data. Cameron and Clegg were quick to stress that this legislation is temporary only and is designed to provide a “clearer legal...

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