Swedish Police could get new electronic bugging powers

Officers could be given powers to break into people’s homes to install secret monitoring equipment in their computers, and have the right to register PC identity numbers, even if no crime has been committed.

It is claimed that is what could happen as part of tougher electronic surveillance powers being proposed by Sweden’s Justice Minister, Thomas Bodström.

His measures are designed to make it easier for the police to use bugging devices to solve crimes like murder, people smuggling and rape.

The proposals are being criticised by some as being a step too far.