Is Sweden’s Surveilllance Law Violating EU Rules?

In the hysteria concerning fear of terrorism that has swept many democratic societies there is a tendency on the part of government bodies to excuse abandoning basic democratic values in the name of “dealing with terrorism.” A lawyer, Robin Loof, at the European University in Florence is charging Sweden with being in violation of basic European laws. He insists the law which allows the National Defense Radio Establishment(FRA) to intercept all calls, emails and phone text messages crossing Swedish borders is a clear breach of fundamental rights governing movement of goods and services in the European Union. He pointed out if a lawyer who was in another country was hired by a Swedish client there communications would no longer be private but could be read by government officials.

Last week a group of Moderate Party politicians demanded a review of the surveillance law due to the number of comments they are receiving from Swedish citizens who are concerned about the threat to their right of privacy. They are arguing bugging is out of line with the principles governing a constitutional state.

One can only wonder if Swedish politicians considered the threat to client-lawyer privacy when drawing up this law.