Sweden's Parliament has approved controversial new legislation that will give authorities sweeping powers to spy on cross-border e-mail and telephone traffic. The country's intelligence bureau, The National Defense Radio Establishment, will be able to scan domestic and international calls, faxes, and e-mails without a warrant. While supporters contend that such measures are needed to protect national security, critics say it threatens civil liberties and represents Europe's most far-reaching eavesdropping plan. Under the new law, Sweden's intelligence bureau will no longer need a court order to begin surveillance, unlike the police.
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