CFR believes the law remains unclear about way the information will be gathered, monitored, used, shared and stored. The scope of the FRA Act is not of sufficient clarity, “as the purposes for monitoring (can) range from international terrorism to ecological imbalances and interest rate and currency speculation. For an individual, it is impossible to foresee its consequences.” All that matters is that the communication crosses the Swedish border, CFR says. “Essentially, this Act endorses secret mass surveillance which affects millions of people all over the world.”
Sweden’s vote on the law last month angered many in Sweden and abroad, including former members of SÄPO (the Swedish FBI) and the Justice Department and the European Federation of Journalists. Political representatives have received more than six million protest emails since the law was passed in mid-June. Opposition leader Mona Sahlin has promised that a next government will most certainly “tear up the law”.
Denmark, Finland and Norway last week also voiced concerns about the new law in Sweden. Danish citizens’ rights group TI-Politisk Forening demanded “an end to the Swedes’ surveillance of the world’s internet traffic”. In Norway, the national telecom agency said it will look into the new law.
Finnish-Swedish telecoms operator TeliaSonera has already moved its servers from Sweden to Finland and Google is considering a similar move, according to a letter published by the heads of eight leading mobile phone service providers in the Dagens Nyheter newspaper.
Where will the data havens be?