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Govt unveils 'snooping' plans

The police and security services will be given new powers to track suspects through their use of emails and websites, the government proposed today.

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May expects to recoup £6bn as result of web surveillance scheme

Theresa May's plans will give police, security services and tax officials access to details of people's internet usage. Credit: PA

The Home Office said the expected benefits from the outlay would be in the region of £5 billion to £6.2 billion, including from reducing tax fraud and seizing criminal assets.

Mrs May also compared the average £180 million-a-year cost of the plans with the annual policing bill of £14 billion.

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