[NetBehaviour] Sweden sets sights on new snoop law.

marc.garrett at furtherfield.org marc.garrett at furtherfield.org
Wed Jun 18 10:30:15 CEST 2008

Sweden sets sights on new snoop law.

This Wednesday at 9am the Swedish Parliament is voting on a new wiretapping
law which would enable the civil agency (FRA — Defense Radio Agency) to
snoop on all traffic crossing the Swedish border. E-mail, fax, telephone,
web, SMS, etc. 24/7 without any requirement to obtain a court order.
Furthermore, by law, the sitting Government will be able to instruct the
wiretapping agency on what to look for. It also nullifies anonymity for
press tipsters and whistleblowers. Many agencies within Sweden have weighed
in on this, with very hefty criticism, e.g. SÄPO (akin to FBI in the US),
the Justice Department, ex-employees of FRA, and more. Nonetheless, the
ruling party block is supposedly pressuring its members to vote 'yes' to
this new proposed law with threats to unseat any dissidents. After massive
activity on blogs by ordinary citizens, and street protests, the story has
finally been picked up by major Swedish news sources. The result will
likely be huge street protests on Wednesday (today). People have been
completely surprised since this law has not gotten any media uptake until
very late in the game.


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