Norwegian jurists sue Sweden

Thursday, February 12, 2009 at 11:53 | Posted in internet, privacy, Sweden | 2 Comments

The Norwegian Section of the International Comission of Jurists are preparing to sue Sweden in the European Court of Human Rights the Swedish paper Dagens Nyheter writes. The Norwegian jurists are concerned that the Swedish Law on Signals Intelligence in Defence Operations  (also known as Big Brother law) might offend the privacy of Norwegians. Much of Norway’s Internet traffic is routed through Sweden.

The law allows a government appointed agency to monitor electronic data traffic crossing Sweden’s borders. The same concerns have been echoed by netizens in other countries close to Sweden. A large part of web traffic in Finland and Estonia is routed through Sweden. Also, much of Russia’s traffic may pass Sweden as it is routed through Finland.

Whenever I access to my GMail account or make a Skype call chances are that I “travel” through Sweden. My message could at least theoretically be monitored by Swedish officials even if I send an email to my next door neighbor in Helsinki. The Finnish officials are (at least so far and legally) not entitled to do the same.



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  1. Somewhat off topic, but I am surprised to find that Commission Internationale de Juristes uses the very specific US-only word “jurist” in its English name. Shouldn’t that have been “International Commission of Lawyers” or something like that?

  2. I was thinking of exactly the same which is why I controlled at their web site.

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