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The government will be able to monitor the calls, emails, texts and website visits of everyone in the UK under new legislation set to be announced soon.
Internet firms will be required to give intelligence agency GCHQ access to communications on demand, in real time.
The Home Office says the move is key to tackling crime and terrorism, but civil liberties groups have criticised it.
Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg has said there has been "a lot of scaremongering" about plans for new email and web monitoring laws.
He said they were "not the draconian proposals they have been portrayed as", and safeguards for privacy and civil liberties were "absolutely guaranteed".
Home Secretary Theresa May has said the move will help bring "criminal paedophiles and terrorists" to justice.
But MPs and civil liberties campaigners have warned against the plan.
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Declassified UKUSA Signals Intelligence Agreement Documents Available
NSA PRESS RELEASE
24 June 2010
For further information contact:
NSA Public and Media Affairs, 301-688-6524
Today, the United Kingdom's Government Communications Headquarters (GCHQ) and the National Security Agency/Central Security Service (NSA/CSS) are making publicly available declassified intelligence documents relating to the UKUSA (pronounced "Eu-Koo-SA") Agreement made between Great Britain and the United States. These declassified documents cover the period 1940–1956 and are available on the NSA website and the UK National Archives website.