Possible Split Over Data Snooping

There seems to be a split growing within Sweden’s center-right coalition over a proposal to allow more electronic eavesdropping by the authorities.

The government has proposed allowing the National Defence Radio Establishment, which spies on radio signals from other countries, to monitor telephone and data traffic going in and out of Sweden, which also includes many domestic communications. The intention is to fight external threats.

But Swedish Radio News reports that opposition to the plan is growing within the Liberal party, which is part of the coalition. The issue is expected to be debated at the party’s national conference in just over ten days.

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