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New law widens bugging range

Swedish parliament passed a law on Wednesday that allows a wider range of bugging by police and secret services. The extended legal rules incorporate elements of an anti-espionage law dating back to 1952.

By extending the controversial bugging law passed this summer the police is now also authorized to monitor telephone and e-mail traffic of persons suspected being involved in industrial espionage.

Originally, the law allowed bugging to stop or prevent terrorist activities and organized crime.

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