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UK consumers oppose plans to extend the UK's internet snooping laws, a new survey has indicated.

Research conducted by indicates that seven out of ten (72.8 per cent) consumers oppose plans for wider snooping laws.

At present, the Regulation of Investigatory Powers Act 2000 and EU Data Retention Directive require broadband providers to keep a basic log of their customers' online activity.

However, the Communications Data Bill - could impose new requirements on service providers, forcing them to keep more extensive data.

In the survey, just 27.1 per cent of consumers thought logs should be extended to social media websites - despite the potential to help combat online crime.

Abuse of privacy was seen as being the major concern (63.5 per cent), while 17.3 per cent thought criminals would be able to work around the system.

Some 12.5 per cent expressed worries about the security of the system, while 3.6 per cent thought the new measures would be too expensive to implement.

Only 2.9 per cent of respondents to the survey said they have no fears about the government plans.

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