File picture illustration of the word 'password' pictured on a computer screen, taken in Berlin May 21, 2013. REUTERS/Pawel Kopczynski/Files
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Britain floated revised legislation Tuesday that would grant authorities wide-ranging surveillance powers including the right to see which websites people visit, saying the modified bill addressed concerns about threats to privacy.The measures met skepticism from lawmakers, global technology firms and privacy groups, reflecting a debate raging in the West over how state authorities can operate effectively in the digital age without overly intruding into people's lives or risking the security of data.Earlier this month a committee of lawmakers set up to scrutinize the draft bill said the government needed to make significant changes, describing parts as flawed, while the Intelligence and Security Committee (ISC) said it was rushed and did not do enough to protect privacy.The British bill needs to be passed into law before the end of the year when existing surveillance legislation expires.
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