Survey reveals increased official “snooping”

Researchers in Cardiff University have found that in the period following Edward Snowden’ revelations about the CIA there has been an “unprecedented level of government surveillance of citizens”, with “far-reaching, concerning and significant consequences for civil rights”.

The findings come as the House of Lords gives a second reading of the government’s Investigatory Powers Bill.

The researchers found that there has been an “ongoing development of new surveillance legislation in the UK and the development of new technological standards to protect privacy”.

After the bill finishes its second reading, it will head for the committee stage in the House of Lords. It will then have its third reading in the Lords before amendments are returned to MPs.

The legislation must be enacted by the end of the year if it is to be on the statute book in time to replace clauses currently in force through the Data Retention and Investigatory Powers Act 2014.

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