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Emergency data law passed in British lower house

Britain's Prime Minister David Cameron (L) and Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg arrive for a press conference at 10 Downing Street in London on July 10, 2014, regarding the Data Retention and Investigation Powers BillBritain’s lower house of parliament voted in favour of emergency legislation to allow police and security services to continue accessing Internet and mobile phone data following angry exchanges between lawmakers on Tuesday. A group of 56 members of parliament confronted the three main parties, which had agreed to rush the new legislation into law, claiming the move was an abuse of parliament. The bill, which will allow mobile networks and Internet providers to keep information on communications between people in case they are needed for investigations, was ultimately passed in the House of Commons by a large majority. Prime Minister David Cameron had argued that the emergency laws were necessary to protect national security, after the European Court of Justice threw out a law that forced companies to retain data for at least six months, saying it breached the right to privacy.

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