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U.K. Terror Review Backs Case in Bill for Bulk Data Collection

An independent review of U.K. terrorism legislation concluded the interception of data in bulk is of “vital utility” to security and intelligence authorities, Prime Minister Theresa May’s office said.

The report “demonstrates how the bulk powers contained in the Investigatory Powers Bill are of crucial importance to our security and intelligence agencies,” May said Friday in an e-mailed statement. “These powers often provide the only means by which our agencies are able to protect the British public from the most serious threats that we face. It is vital that we retain them, while ensuring their use is subject to robust safeguards and world-leading oversight.”

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