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Paris Attacks Help Build Case for Stiffer U.K. Snooping Rules

A draft bill on the table, which has been criticized by Apple and civil liberties groups, may have a better chance after terrorism in France.
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The terrorist attacks in Paris may make it harder for the technology industry and privacy advocates to resist proposed rules that would require Web, software and phone companies to aid in wide-ranging U.K. surveillance efforts.

"The attacks make it incredibly difficult to argue for individual privacy,” said Emily Taylor, an associate fellow at the London-based public policy think tank Chatham House. “That seems like a ridiculous thing to argue for when people are being mowed down on a night out."