During the summer, the dreaded FRA law was voted for and accepted by the Swedish Parliament. Basically, this law allows the government to go through all digital communication going across the borders of Sweden. Meaning, if I read my Gmail, do a Google search or whatever, they will get complete access to that information.
This information will then be filtered by their super-intelligent keywords and matching technology, and let me tell you, I still await the day when something like this actually works in a relevant and just manner. And besides, even if it did work, what would prevent any evil employee to just get information anyway and use it or sell it?
Naturally, there has been, and still is, an uproar in Sweden about this, and even though the Parliament is supposed to complement the law this fall, it is bound to run into both problems nationally, as well as internationally in the form of the European Union. Journalists and bloggers alike has killed any explanation or motivation from the government with dead-solid arguments, and instead of discussing the situation, the government has only acted with disrespect and quotes like: “You just don’t understand”. This will cost them the next election, mark my words.
And speaking of the next election, in 2010, the opposition has promised to remove this law if they win, which is even more bullshit, since they were the ones who initiated it in the first place when they were in power. The sick irony of this is that terrorists and countries the tiny play country of Sweden want to survey will of course encrypt and hide their communication in any way possible, while this will affect private and innocent persons.
The ridiculous notion that the government should own all digital communication is a travesty of justice, and a deadly blow to the integrity of the entire Swedish population. There’s a vast difference between efficient intelligence work and creating a, completely uncalled-for, big brother society.
If you’re Swedish, want to know more and support the fight against such an assault on privacy and integrity, please visit stoppaFRAlagen.nu .