News Burst: Big Brother legislation pushed through

Queen announces a surprise: updates to controversial surveillance package

The government's decision to push through controversial electronic surveillance plans drew fire from civil liberties and privacy experts on Wednesday.

In a surprise move, the government announced in the Queen's speech that it will create a new bill to carry forward updates to the widely-criticised Interception of Communications Act (IOCA) and parts of the e-communications bill.

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