Britain’s new bill both extends and limits surveillance powers

Following critics by civil liberty groups, the new proposal of the surveillance Investigatory Powers Bill in UK has been somewhat watered down, envisaging stronger oversight of the surveillance procedures by security services and law enforcement. Nevertheless, as the bill attempts to codify some of the existing surveillance procedures, more known to the public after the Snowden revelations, it extends the existing surveillance powers such as with requiring Internet service providers to keep records of websites their customers visited for up to 12 months, Engadget reports.