United Kingdom

U.K. Government To Bypass Parliament on Internet Snooping

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Prime Minister David Cameron aims to extend spooks and cops' powers to snoop on Brits' internet activities without bothering to pass any new laws.

While the Tory leader told MPs that he hoped to gain cross-party support (ie: Labour's) on granting the authorities more access to communications data in the UK, he added that he was considering "non-legislative options".

His comments come after his Coalition second-in-command, deputy prime minister and Liberal Democrat leader Nick Clegg, bulldozed Home Secretary Theresa May's attempt to get her draft internet surveillance law, the Communications Data Bill, mentioned in the Queen's Speech—which sets out the UK's upcoming legislative programme.