Norwegians worry about Swedish big brother
Wednesday, February 18, 2009
OSLO - The continuous surveillance of international telephone and Internet by the government in Sweden is far from well in neighboring Norway.
The Norwegians fear that the Swedish secret service is all their telephone tapping. Photo: the center of Oslo.
The government in Oslo, the impact of Swedish surveillance activities to study by its agencies that monitor the exchange of personal data and telephony company.
A controversial law to radio intelligence of Defense (FRA) the power to cross-border communications via cable and terrestrial with a computer to scan for keywords that might indicate the preparation of terrorist attacks.
The findings just presented, the Norwegian politicians have quite a scare. The Norwegian government is the last word on last year in Sweden accepted law still not said.
The Liberal opposition in Norway, however, go beyond the general skepticism of the government parties. It accuses the government inaction. The opposition demands offhand political action against the neighbor.
No less outraged response of the Norwegian section of the international legal committee, the ICJ-Norge. This setting would not let grass grow and yesterday an official complaint against the Swedish state to the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) in Strasbourg. Spokesman Jon Wessel-Aas of the Federal lawyer cites the surveillance by the Swedes offensive for Norwegian bourgeoisie.
In Sweden, the mood after the commotion of last summer when the parliament accepted the law-despite all quiet again. Possibly the rest only provisional.
In Sweden itself has an organization filed a complaint in Strasbourg.
That the Norwegians here, albeit with some delay-of intense fright because almost all the foreign telephone and Internet from Norway through Sweden. This is evident from the rapoorten of the aforementioned authorities.
Traffic and Communications Minister Liv Signe Navarsete: "We can not have that protection of personal privacy, and thus the right to free expression, is frustrated by the fear that the foot is followed by a public security. We will work hard for the rights of citizens in Norway in a good way to ensure this and will contact with the government in Stockholm. "
The Swedish government coalition (of conservatives, liberals and Christian Democrats) is still denying that big brother-like problems with this law. Prime Minister Fredrik Reinfeldt argues that the law is properly designed to protect the privacy of individuals. "Signals interception done since the Second World War and now we want good jobs," said the Swedish government.
Unfortunately for Reinfeldt have additional comments of his colleague Carl Bildt (Foreign Affairs) Norwegian unrest only strengthens. Bildt said that it was more than other foreigners to Sweden, and that the information could be used to exchange information from other intelligence services.
That lap the Norwegian legal committee in the wrong throat: "Our communication is apparently also a commodity for the Swedish intelligence service."