Delay for Swedish Wire-Tapping Laws

Sweden’s Justice Minister says parliament’s decision to delay new wire-taping laws will unnecessarily hinder efforts to help catch people committing serious crimes.

  There’s been widespread criticism from most of the major political parties and even within the ruling Social Democratic party over the minister’s government’s controversial suggestion that more telephones could be tapped and places like doctors’ and newspaper offices could be bugged.

  There are concerns it would be an intrusion into people’s private lives and politicians are demanding people be told afterwards if their conversations have been monitored.

The Swedish government says the new proposal which is to be stalled until next year, would help the police fight crimes like terrorism, child pornography and drugs offences.

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