Is security worth more than privacy?

Britain is in the epicenter of a global privacy debate. While law-makers will go to any length to prevent terrorism, how much online privacy should we surrender to aid them in their goal?

At the height of an investigation into a group of Islamists plotting al Qaeda-inspired bomb attacks across Britain in 2004, British spies analysed more than 4,000 telephone contacts to build up a picture of what they were planning and with whom.

The security services say the information was crucial in helping to thwart what could have been one of the deadliest attacks on Britain and to bring the cell to justice.

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