Oct 142009
 October 14, 2009  Posted by  Govt, Laws, Non-U.S., Surveillance

Parliamentary debate kicked off in Sweden’s Riksdag on Wednesday, as politicians once again argued over a controversial signals intelligence law.

“Are we really, in a democratic country, going to implement a system which entails wire tapping the masses?” the Left Party’s Alice Åström asked her colleagues in the Riksdag, according to the Svenska Dagbladet (SvD) newspaper

The controversial law gives sweeping surveillance powers to Sweden’s National Defence Radio Establishment (Försvarets radioanstalt – FRA).

Despite extensive criticism from the public and the opposition parties, as well as a slew of internal challenges from prominent politicians in the centre-right Alliance government, the bill – referred to as the FRA-law – initially passed in June of last year.

Read more in The Local (Sweden).

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