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Reply All? Swedish Government Checking Citizens' Emails

Reply All? Swedish Government Checking Citizens' Emails

She looks so happy checking her email in her Ikea-esque room! Too bad if she was actually in Sweden, she'd be hopping mad that her government was checking her email for her. A new law that provides the Swedish government the right to read all emails and listen to all phone calls crossing the country’s borders has outraged its citizens — who've harnessed build-your-own-irony and filed 2 million protests — online. The petition arrives as EU countries debate whether or not to grant governmental authorities previously unheard of domestic spying powers over their own citizens.

Unlike the United States, many European nations have already had the experience of their government spying and for hardly honorable reasons. “It looks too much like the Stasi,” said one Swedish citizen referring to the East German police during the Soviet Union’s influence in that country. The "you've got mail, and we can read it" law, which passed the Swedish Parliament by 142-138 votes gives their National Defense Radio Establishment (FRA) the right to scan all international phone calls, emails and faxes without court order beginning in the new year.

Proponents for the new law said, “The information is needed to evaluate, and meet, outside threats against Sweden.” And went on to stress the need to protect Sweden against terror attacks similar to those in New York, Madrid and London. Is checking inboxes the way to keep terrorism in check?


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harmonyfrance harmonyfrance 8 years
Hate to break it to you guys. We've been doing this for YEARS.
stephley stephley 8 years
We're already on it.
UnDave35 UnDave35 8 years
So, is this another fine example where Europe is leading the way, and we should definitely adopt their programs?
Leene Leene 8 years
No! Not Finland!
raciccarone raciccarone 8 years
This will force Al Qaeda to begin Operation Finland, before it's too late!
silversnowflake silversnowflake 8 years
Seriously people how can we be surprised over this? I mean the US government is pretty close to that and Europe has been all up on this stuff for quite some time now.
Jude-C Jude-C 8 years
Remind me never to send Swedish friends emails with joke Hezbollah subject lines.
hypnoticmix hypnoticmix 8 years
ambie_white ambie_white 8 years
that's crazy, privacy has def. been thrown out the window. if they think that will be a way to be ahead of terriorism, think again! cause they are always two steps ahead the gov. wow
stiletta stiletta 8 years
Sweden? That's so random. Is there even anything to attack there except the fjords?
stephley stephley 8 years
Anybody read the FISA bill? We're getting closer to feeling the Swedes' pain every day.
brittanyk brittanyk 8 years
I think that this is a little much. I don't even have anything remotely interesting in my inbox, but I'd still be irked that the government had the ability to look in there and read all my emails. I really don't think that screening emails is the best way to prevent terrorism.
amybdk amybdk 8 years
Good point, syako! I'll drink to that. :drinks:
syako syako 8 years
are the swedes really feeling threatened lately? (not being sarcastic, wanting to know...) this is abso-freakin-lutely ridiculous. And I agree about the KGB thing. I guess if you really want to feel "safe" you should just move to russia and get over it. :P
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