Government plans to monitor all Britons’ online activity will help police to infiltrate criminal gangs, Parliament has been told.
Ministers want to strengthen the law on internet data retention to help the police tackle security threats.
Peter Fahy, Chief Constable of Greater Manchester Police, said access to data could help “capture people further up the tree” in organised gangs.
Home Secretary Theresa May will face questions on the issue on Wednesday.
Under the government’s plans, currently being scrutinised by Parliament, service providers will have to store details of internet use in the UK for a year to allow police and intelligence services to access it.
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