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Govt accepts 'Snooper's Charter' claims

Govt accepts 'Snooper's Charter' claims
Number 10 has said it accepts the substance of criticisms in a report that examined the so-called 'Snooper's Charter'.

A Downing Street spokesperson said it understood the issue was a "controversial subject" and confirmed that it would look at redrafting the legislation following criticism from a joint select committee into the bil.

The Government plans to give police and security services sweeping new powers to monitor internet use were earlier criticised by Nick Clegg, who said the proposals needed a "fundamental rethink".

"We have always been clear that there is a problem and we need to tackle that problem," the Downing Street spokesperson said.

"The problem is that as we see technical innovation and greater use of the internet and social media we are losing the capability that we had in the past to deal with certain crimes.

"The objective here is to try and maintain that capability. But we undertand that htis is a controversial subject.

"We accept the substance of the committee's criticisms and we will now look at how we can redraft the legislation."

"It is still a Govt commitment. there is not difference of opinion on the principle here," the spokesman added.

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