Independent review of draft terrorism laws says there is strong case for allowing police and spy agencies to gather private data

The bulk collection of personal data by British spy agencies is vital in preventing terrorist attacks, an independent review of draft security legislation has found.

David Anderson QC, the independent reviewer of terrorism legislation, concluded that laws which could be deployed by MI5, MI6 and GCHQ to gather large volumes of data from members of the public had a “clear operational purpose”.

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