Clegg: Balance between security and liberty needed

Nick Clegg acknowledged that new powers were needed by the law enforcement agencies to fight crime, but said they must take account of the committee's concerns.

That must be done in a proportionate way that gets the balance between security and liberty right.

Any modernisation of the powers, including possible new legislation, must meet the concerns of the joint committee by having the best possible safeguards and keeping costs under control.

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Criticism for 'snooper's bill'

Nick Clegg has added his voice to growing criticism of Theresa May's 'snooper's charter'. He said the Home Office's proposed new powers for crime fighters to monitor all emails, web visits and phone calls need a "fundamental rethink".