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06 November, 2015

Britain to grant spies more access to citizens' internet history

Britain introduced new legislation on Wednesday to give its security and intelligence agencies more investigatory powers, which would grant British spies access to citizens' internet browsing history.

The draft Investigatory Powers Bill sets out in detail the powers already available to law enforcement, MI5, MI6 and Government Communications Headquarters (GCHQ) and enshrines new capabilities for them, Britain's Home Office announced Wednesday.

The bill provides for the retention of internet connection records (ICRs), which means the internet activity of all people in Britain will have to be stored for a year by service providers.

Security and intelligence agencies will, without a warrant, be able to see the records of sites internet users have visited, according to the new legislation.

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