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Crime fight 'harmed by lost data'

By Jamie Grierson

At least 20 cases have been dropped by the National Crime Agency in six months as a result of missing communications data– including 13 threat-to-life scenarios involving children, the Home Secretary has revealed.

Theresa May said an increasing array of technology, owned by private firms, was making it harder for the state to protect the public.

Giving the Lord Mayor's Defence and Security Lecture at Mansion House, London, she said she will continue to argue in favour of extending powers to access emails and social media.

Last year, the Government's Communications Data Bill, dubbed the 'snoopers' charter' by critics, was put on hold after opposition from the Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg and the Liberal Democrats.

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