Sweden Shakes with Surveillance Scandal

Photo : Kjell Eson.

The Swedish police security service, SAPO threatens telecom operators that they risk ending up like terrorists ’accomplices if they do not give Swedish police automatic access to customers’ use of computer and internet, reports Sveriges Radio.

The scandal was revealed with the CEO of the Swedish company Bahnhof, Jon Karlung. He has recorded the meeting with the SAPO authorities with a hidden microphone.

Several carriers have also confessed that they had similar pressures from SAPO. Among other things, they have been told that they run errands terrorists if they do not supply the information. At the same time, they promised that customers will never find out that the police follow them.

He says that Sapo in other cases have used a similar rhetoric, and he is especially critical of SAPO’s argument that customers will not know about the surveilance.

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