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"Allow Police Access to FRA-monitoring"

Published tisdag 21 juli 2009 kl 18.12
Protesters against the FRA-law outside parliament last year.

The Police and the Security Services should be able to access information from the controversial National Defence Radio Establishment, the FRA, which monitors internet traffic across the Swedish borders. This is the conclusion of a report ordered by the government.

The new law regulating the FRA-monitoring had to be changed after massive protests last summer. According to the watered down version, passed through parliament last September, only the Government and the military authorities are allowed to access the information.

But all along, the Prime Minister and the Minister of Justice have said that the Security Services need access to the information as well, and therefore ordered a report into how this could be done in a regulated way.

The report suggests, among others, that the information will be given to the police only if it concerns serious threats to the national or international security or serious crimes where phone surveillance is allowed today. In order to access the information, the police will have to file a detailed request to a court, which then decides whether to allow access to that specific information or not.

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