Lawmakers say UK's draft online spying law needs changes

LONDON – The British government is under pressure to amend its proposed Internet surveillance law after a committee of lawmakers said plans to make service providers retain all users’ data have not been “adequately thought through.”

If approved by Parliament, the Investigatory Powers Bill will let police and spies access Internet connection records — a list of websites, apps and messaging services someone has visited. It will also require telecommunications companies to keep records of customers’ Web histories for up to a year.

A committee set up to scrutinize the legislation said Thursday that it “has not been persuaded that enough work has been done to conclusively prove the case” for retaining Internet connection records.

Earlier this week another parliamentary committee said the bill did too little to protect individuals’ privacy.