Sweden Considering Law To Let The Government Monitor All Forms Of Communications

from the doesn't-anyone-see-a-problem-with-this? dept

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."

Filed Under: surveillance, sweden, wiretapping

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    Patrick, 6 Jun 2008 @ 4:18pm

    One interesting observation all of us who are opposed to this huge invasion of privacy is that almost none of the giant media outlets have brought this issue up for debate and deep investigation. The fact that they themselves are affected by this as their constitutional right to keep their informants secret will be equally affected as our personal e-mail getting scanned and analyzed.

    Another huge issue is that several liberal members of parliament, who received personal mandates from their voters on the ballots for standing up FOR privacy, say that they don't like the law but feel obligated to vote in favor of it because of pressure from their party officials.

    As it is now we only need four members of parliament who vote with their concience, and not by party whip, to keep this legislation out (at least for the moment). Another fact is that the largest opposition party (social democrats) also support similar legislation, so the outcome of this looks rather slim in a longer perspective...

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