by Mike Masnick
Fri, Jun 6th 2008 3:18pm
While Sweden may have some politicians who understand copyright issues, we're about to find out how well they understand privacy issues. The Swedish Parliament is considering a bill that would give the government rather broad powers to monitor all forms of communication, from telephone to email to fax. It would require telcos to install (at their own expense) equipment that would allow this widespread monitoring. As one critic of the bill notes, it's as if the supporters of the bill assume that government officials will only have the best of intentions when using such a system. I think we can all agree that this is not the case. Any such system will likely be abused. And, of course, as that same critic points out: "No one has shown this method to be effective, the criminals will always be one step ahead, and normal users will be caught in the middle."
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