Oct 152009
 October 15, 2009  Posted by  Featured News, Govt, Laws, Surveillance

An amended version of Sweden’s controversial new signals intelligence law was passed in the Riksdag on Wednesday, with 158 members voting in favour and 153 against.

Liberal Party member of parliament Camilla Lindberg abstained, making her the only MP from the governing centre-right coalition not to vote in favour of the law.

But the opposition was quick to announce that the last word had not yet been spoken on the issue. Anders Karlsson, chairman of the Social Democrats’ parliamentary defence committee, said his party would rip up the law if voted into power at next year’s election.

“We’ll rip it up, redo it, and do it right,” he said.


The law, which went into effect in January 2009, gives FRA — a civilian agency despite its name — the right to tap all cross-border internet and telephone communication.

Read more in The Local (Sweden)

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