by Mike Masnick
Mon, Feb 2nd 2009 10:39pm
There's quite a story making the rounds, suggesting that Nokia is putting significant pressure on the Finnish government, demanding that it pass a law allowing it to spy on its employees, or the company will leave Finland. Nokia is quickly denying the claim, which does seem pretty extreme. However, that doesn't mean that Nokia hasn't put political pressure on the government to pass this law. Apparently, the company has been caught multiple times illegally spying on employees, and has worked hard to get this law passed, which would legalize its actions. Despite legal experts all insisting that the law is unconstitutional, apparently the Finnish Parliament's Constitutional Law Committee has decided to move forward with it anyway -- which is what resulted in the speculation about the threat to leave Finland.
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