Swedish intelligence service want instant access to phone traffic

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Swedish Radio News revealed Tuesday that the Swedish Intelligence Service, SÄPO, the police and other crime fighting authorities are on the way to receiving instant access to parts of Sweden's data and telephone traffic.

Data, including people's emails and calls within the country's borders, can be directly downloaded by the police once the system has been fully tested, reports Swedish Radio News.

A fully automated system where the Swedish Intelligence Service, the police and other law enforcement authorities, can on their own, go in and collect traffic data  from companies storing surf , email and call data will soon be a reality in Sweden.

Säpo is currently negotiating with companies and operators, but did not tell Swedish Radio News how far the talks had progressed.

"It's a question I cannot go into , it's a matter of negotiation between us and the operators. Which operators we are connected to, we will never answer," said Kurt Alavaara, criminal commissioner at Säpo.

Säpo wants the operators to introduce a so-called standardized interface to provide general information .

It is optional for operators to introduce the system and no operator in Sweden has so far implemented it.

Kurt Alavaara at Säpo said that, as before , it requires a decision from the court or authority before investigators can enter and retrieve information.
"And it is always suspected crime . It is not so that we can enter freely and question the system," he said to news agency TT.