U.K. intelligence watchdog defends nation’s bulk data spying as necessary

March 12, 2015 5:43 PM

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LONDON — A British intelligence watchdog defended U.K. security agencies’ bulk online data collection on Thursday but called for a new law to clarify the agencies’ “intrusive powers” to help improve public trust.

A landmark report by Parliament’s Intelligence and Security Committee found that the intelligence agencies acted within existing laws in their bulk interception of online data, saying that it was necessary and proportionate and helped to prevent terrorist plots and cyberattacks.

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