[ISN] Swedish snoop law targets Russia

From: InfoSec News <alerts_at_private>
Date: Thu, 10 Jul 2008 03:26:34 -0500 (CDT)

The Local
9 July 08

Sweden's new surveillance law will enable the National Defence Radio 
Establishment (FRA) to scan massive quantities of Russian computer and 
telecom data, Svenska Dagbladet reports.

Information gleaned by the signal intelligence agency can then be used 
as currency when trading data with other western countries.

Despite the headaches the bill has caused since entering parliament in 
2007, the government has never revealed the true purpose of the law, SvD 

Several sources close to the Swedish intelligence community told the 
newspaper that the controversial new eavesdropping law was primarily 
intended to keep track of Russian communications.

"Our geographical position means that 80 percent of Russia's contacts 
with large parts of the world travel through cables in Sweden. That is 
the core of the issue," said one source.


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