Snooping bill praised by Fareham MP as details are shown

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AN MP has backed further snooping powers proposed by the government.

Fareham MP Suella Fernandes has welcomed the Draft Investigatory Powers Bill.

If passed, the law would mean internet providers have to keep 12 months worth of communications data. The bill has been heavily criticised by human rights groups.

Ms Fernandes said: ‘I congratulate the Home Secretary and her team on introducing much-needed transparency and coherence into what has been an incomprehensible regime, informed deeply by three independent reports, and importantly enabling our intelligence, security and law-enforcement agencies to have the powers they need to deal with this unprecedented scale and character of the threat that this country faces.’

She added that judges are well-placed to grant requests to access the data.

Home Secretary Theresa May said it strikes the right balance between accountability and judicial independence.