Key elements of the
British Communications Data Bill, known as the "snooper's charter" by its
critics, have returned to the political agenda in the month since two suspected
jihadis fatally stabbed Lee Rigby, a 23-year-old soldier, in London's southeast
Woolwich district. The bill, which would have given police and security
services greater ability to monitor Internet use, had been abandoned after the Liberal
Democrats, Prime Minister's David Cameron's junior partners, cited privacy
concerns and struck it from the government's annual legislative agenda.