Former US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has called for a "sensible adult conversation" about the boundaries of state surveillance following the leaking of secret files by whistleblower Edward Snowden.
Mrs Clinton said it would be "going down a wrong path" to reject a debate in the wake of disclosures about the collection of communications data by America's National Security Agency (NSA) and the Government's secret eavesdropping station GCHQ.
Speaking at Chatham House in London, where she collected a prize for her contribution to international diplomacy, Mrs Clinton told the Guardian: "This is a very important question. On the intelligence issue, we are democracies thank goodness, both the US and the UK."
Former US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has been presented with this year's Chatham House Prize in recognition of her contribution to international diplomacy.
The central London institute also commended Mrs Clinton for her work towards gender equality and opportunities for women and girls.
The annual prize is awarded at Banqueting House in Whitehall to the statesperson deemed to have made the greatest contribution to improving international relations in the previous year.
Former US secretary of state Hillary Clinton was awarded an honorary degree from St Andrews University in Scotland today.
She took part in a formal procession through the town, which was watched by many Americans, before the graduation ceremony in the university's Younger Hall.
Former US secretary of state Hillary Clinton will receive an honorary degree from St Andrew's University later today and will make a special graduation address marking 600 years of Scotland's oldest redbrick.
The award will also mark her efforts to champion the causes of education, human rights, democracy, civil society and promoting opportunities for females around the world, according to the university.
The former first lady is not the only person receiving an honorary degree. Former Archbishop of Canterbury Rowan Williams will join classicist Professor Mary Beard, primatologist Dame Jane Goodall and particle physicist Professor Peter Higgs at St Andrew's to collect their honorary degrees.
Other famous names being bestowed with honorary degrees are, anthropologist Professor Dame Marilyn Strathern, philosopher Professor Nancy Cartwright and inventor of the world wide web Professor Sir Tim Berners-Lee.
Former US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has tweeted her congratulations to the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge:
Congratulations from across the pond to the Duke and Duchess! Wishing you the best of luck and a bit of advice: It Takes a (Royal) Village!
In a letter sent to the President shortly before she left the State Department for the last time, she said: "I am more convinced than ever in the strength and staying power of America's global leadership and our capacity to be a force for good in the world."
William Hague published a picture which showed him standing alongside Hillary Clinton as the US Secretary of State prepares to bow out of her role.
"Warm celebration of US-UK alliance at dinner for Hillary Clinton, and a fond farewell to a Great Secretary of State," he tweeted.
Robert Moore: Hague's farewell tribute to Hillary Clinton
Former president of the United States, and husband of Hilary, Bill Clinton will be among the guests, along with their daughter Chelsea and husband Marc Mezvinsky.
Other guests include: Fashion mogul Oscar de la Renta and wife, General Martin Dempsey, Senator Feinstein, politicians Dr Alan Greenspan and Ms Andrea Mitchell, former White House chief of staff Jack Lew, and his replacement Denis McDonough, French Lawyer Christine Lagarde.
Senator McCain, Acting director of the CIA Mike Morrell, outgoing Secretary of Defence Leon Panetta, American diplomat Dr Susan Rice, and stateman George Shultz.
Senator John Kerry, who has been picked as Hillary's replacement will also attend.
President Obama and Hillary Clinton have spoken of their relationship during a joint interview on CBS's 60 minutes. President Obama heaped praise on the outgoing Secretary of State as she prepares to step down. Clinton would not be drawn on whether she plans to run for presidency in 2016.