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Edward Snowden

UK lawmakers say proposed spy law fails to protect privacy

British government plans to strengthen spies' powers to snoop on the Internet are muddled and don't do enough to protect privacy, lawmakers responsible for scrutinizing the country's intelligence agencies said Tuesday.

Parliament's Intelligence and Security Committee said the draft Investigatory Powers Bill takes a "piecemeal" approach to protecting privacy. It said in a report that privacy should be "an integral part of the legislation rather than an add-on."

In the wake of Edward Snowden's revelations about the powerful snooping capabilities of the U.S. National Security Agency and its British counterpart, GCHQ, the legislators said "it is...