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Nick Clegg told ITV1's Daybreak any new surveillance laws must "safeguard people's civil liberties" and said reports that the Liberal Democrats were trying to halt the "snooping charter" were "wildly exaggerated".
Nick Clegg told ITV1's Daybreak that reports the Liberal Democrats will block the Government's new proposals on surveillance laws were "wildly exaggerated".
He said any new plans would protect people's "civil liberties".
David Cameron insisted there were "significant gaps" in UK security as he defended Government plans to allow all calls, emails, texts and website visits to be monitored.
The Prime Minister said his job was to do "everything that is necessary" to keep the country safe.
Mr Cameron said the coalition would "respect" civil liberties but wanted to "plug the gap" in defences.
Nick Pickles, director of Big Brother Watch, said: "It's welcome that ministers are now addressing the real concerns people have about being spied upon but a whole range of questions remain unanswered.
"We are still discussing proposals for a huge amount of additional monitoring, so the Deputy Prime Minister's assurances of a full and detailed review are extremely welcome.
"It's still far from clear if this scheme is technically possible or if it will make the public any safer."
Justice Secretary Ken Clarke told the BBC Radio 4 Today programme: "The proposal is that so far as internet and things are concerned (there will be) the same safeguards which we have lived with for telephones for some time.
"I used to join all these criticisms but the reason we are revising all this is we are trying to get the balance right."
Mick Creedon, who runs Derbyshire Police, said controversial proposals debated this week were about ensuring existing powers used "all the time" by police investigations were preserved as technology improved.
He told the BBC Radio 4 Today programme: "The point is the world of policing, investigating serious crime and terrorism, and actually protecting vulnerable people, depends to a certain extent on accessing some things like core data. The safeguards in place are two fold."
Sixteen Liberal Democrat MPs have sent a letter to The Guardian, in which they have outlined their concerns over the government's proposed changes to surveillance laws
The MPs who signed the letter are: Julian Huppert, Annette Brooke, Malcolm Bruce, Mike Crockart, Andrew George, Mike Hancock, John Leech, Greg Mulholland, John Pugh, Alan Reid, Adrian Sanders, Ian Swales, David Ward, Mark Williams, Roger Williams.
David Cameron has denied that Government proposals to monitor calls, emails, texts and website visits would be a "snoopers' charter". He insisted the moves were needed to keep up with changes in technology and were vital in the effort to tackle serious crime and terrorism.
Conservative MP Jacob Rees-Mogg said the government's new proposals on surveillance would lead to minor bodies "getting extended powers in the name of terrorism".
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Liberal Democrat president Tim Farron vows the party would "kill" proposals for increased monitoring of emails and internet use.
Ministers are preparing a major expansion of powers to monitor the email exchanges and website visits of every person in the UK.