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More Criticism of Swedish Surveillance Law

Published torsdag 2 oktober 2008 kl 15.29
Swedish surveillance headquarters

New criticism has come against the Swedish center-right government’s controversial law on monitoring all incoming foreign e-mail and telephone communications - this time from the security service of the Swedish police.

This comes only a week after the government made some adjustments in the law to calm critics - who claim this effort to combat terrorism and criminality violates the personal integrity of the citizens since it demands no suspicion of any intended crime.

Security authorities argue that the changes in the law permits only the government and the military defense to take measures - and that Swedish security officers would be forced to depend on getting a green light from foreign governments to carry on their surveillance.

The law is to go into effect this autumn and was passed despite sharp criticism from the opposition parties, opinion makers both in Sweden and abroad and even a number of parliamentarians from the government parties.

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