Liberal Democrat leader Nick Clegg said that although he believes civil liberties have been neglected by governments in the pursuit of greater security the urgent challenge being faced by the government means the new data laws are necessary.
In a joint press conference with Prime Minister David Cameron, he said liberty and security must go hand in hand.
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A much improved day across the UK. Rain spreads in through this evening and overnight with the heaviest bursts across western Scotland.
Risk of localised flooding across some western areas with snow melt/heavy rain.
The US government shutdown has entered its third day as the Senate deadlock continues.