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Saturday, June 18, 2011

Swedish parliament approved warrantless wiretapping bill
Dwyer Arce at 12:00 AM ET

On June 18, 2008, the Swedish parliament voted 143-138 to pass warrantless wiretapping legislation giving the National Defence Radio Establishment the authority to monitor international telephone and electronic communications passing through the country. The bill, which had been previously rejected, passed after changes were made to allow independent oversight of the program, but critics claimed the revised bill still did not do enough to protect privacy interests. The legislation was criticized based on the fear that it could be used to intercept domestic communications, with the International Federation of Journalists arguing that it could compromise source anonymity.

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