View photosMoreThis photo-illustration shows the web flash pages for GCHQ, the British governments communications and electronic surveillance headquarters, and The Security Service MI5 , the governments internal security service, on a computer and smartphone in London, Friday, Nov. 25, 2016.
After months of wrangling, Parliament has passed a contentious new snooping law that gives authorities — from police and spies to food regulators, fire officials and tax inspectors — powers to look at the internet browsing records of everyone in the country.
LONDON AP -- A contentious internet surveillance bill that creates databases of Britons' online activity has become law — though the government says some of its provisions still need "extensive testing" before taking effect.
House of Commons Speaker John Bercow told lawmakers on Tuesday that the Investigatory Powers Bill had received royal assent, the last formality to becoming law.
It was passed by Parliament earlier this month, after a year of argument and amendments.
Civil liberties groups have condemned the bill, which requires telecoms companies to keep customers' browsing histories for a year.