Theresa May: data snooping helped jail Ian Huntley
PUBLISHED April 3, 2012
Theresa May argued that the new powers were required to "help police stay one step ahead of the criminals" and vowed "ordinary people" would not be targeted.
Writing in the Sun, Mrs May insisted Britain could not afford to lose existing law enforcement tools such as the monitoring of phone records.
But she claimed security services needed to be better equipped to keep track of criminals and terror networks through their online communications.
Mrs May said: "Looking at who a suspect talks to can lead police to other criminals. Whole paedophile rings, criminal conspiracies and terrorist plots can then be smashed.
"Data like this has already helped lock away murderer Ian Huntley. Such data has been used in every security service terrorism investigation and 95 per cent of serious organised crime investigations over the last 10 years.