05/04/2012 13:13 BST | Updated 05/06/2012 10:12 BST

UK Snooping Plan Could Break EU Laws

New surveillance plans could breach European data protection laws, experts have warned, in a further blow to the Government's controversial proposals.

Lawyers said that the European Commission, which previously took the British Government to court over alleged online privacy breaches, would likely object to real-time monitoring of internet use, email and mobile phone calls by the state as it could allow "fishing expeditions" against innocent citizens.