The snooper’s charter, officially known as the Investigatory Powers Bill, reaches the House of Lords next week.

The Guardian reports that the powers included in the Bill are so broad they’ll allow GCHQ to hack into every phone and laptop in an entire town – so long as that town is overseas.

A case study detailing how the bulk powers would be used in response to overseas terrorism is detailed here.

The Bill will face opposition from Liberal Democrat peers in the House of Lords, who say it includes powers that are disproportionate.

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