Government Will Rely On Foreign Help In Snooping

Home Office security officials will rely on overseas-based social media companies such as Facebook and Twitter to comply voluntarily with requests from British police and security services to collect and store personal data tracking web, email and mobile text use. Home Office officials appear to be relying on their claim that most overseas communication companies operate under "similar, if not more intrusive legal regimes without the rigorous safeguards" provided by the proposed UK legislation. But precise details of the powers to seize data and force companies to monitor it have been deferred until regulations are published.

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