UK “snoopers charter” pits privacy against security

A woman uses a mobile phone in north LondonBy Michael Holden and Kate Holton LONDON (Reuters) – At the height of an investigation into a group of Islamists plotting al Qaeda-inspired bomb attacks across Britain in 2004, British spies analyzed more than 4,000 telephone contacts to build up a picture of what they were planning and with whom. The security services say the information was crucial in helping to thwart what could have been one of the deadliest attacks on Britain and to bring the cell to justice. …

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