UK lawmakers say proposed spy law fails to protect privacy

LONDON (AP) — U.K. lawmakers responsible for scrutinizing Britain’s intelligence agencies say there are not enough privacy safeguards in plans to strengthen the government’s powers to spy on the Internet.

Parliament’s Intelligence and Security Committee says the draft Investigatory Powers Bill takes a “piecemeal” approach to protecting privacy. In a report Tuesday, the committee says privacy should be “an integral part of the legislation rather than an add-on.”

The committee also calls for restraints on spy agencies’ powers to scoop up bulk data from computer and mobile-phone users.

The draft bill requires telecommunications companies to keep records of customers’ Web histories for up to a year, and to help security services gain access to suspects’ electronic devices.

Internet companies and civil liberties groups have expressed opposition to the plans.