LONDON (Sputnik) — May's remarks came in response to Member of Parliament David Anderson's report, published earlier in the day, which recommended that the practice of collecting bulk metadata by intelligence services be continued under clearer regulations.
The home secretary emphasized the need to consider terrorism in the debate about the balance between privacy and security that has been heated in the United Kingdom since the emergence of documents implicating the security establishment in conducting illegal dragnet surveillance.
The day after Prime Minister David Cameron's Conservative Party emerged victorious in the May 7 election, May announced plans to introduce a once-defeated contentious surveillance bill.
"I've said many times before that it is not possible to debate the balance between privacy and security, without also considering the threats that we face as a country," Secretary May said.
May said she expected the new legislation to be passed into law before the end of 2016.