Picture from the article shows how the connection towards Europe/US goes trough Germany and the connections towards Asia will be directed trough nothern part of Finland, trough Norway - instead of Sweden:
* Your Tax Return is public http://taxjustice.blogspot.co.uk/2009/07/paying-taxes-is-pub...
* Random people can find out your telephone number from your car number plate. I met a Finnish girl who got called on her mobile phones while driving... being asked out on a date by the guy driving behind her (not me LoL). They also can find your home address ( spooky )
* Driving fines are proportional to your income... earn more and your speeding fine is more
That has always been pretty odd to me. Our laws seem to have a decent focus on privacy, but in this case there was a compromise between transparency (perhaps our political history can explain why income is public information).
* Random people can find out your telephone number from your car number plate. I met a Finnish girl who got called on her mobile phones while driving... being asked out on a date by the guy driving behind her (not me LoL). They also can find your home address
Yes, but you can prevent that from happening by notifying Trafi.
Not sure why you mention this. Proportional fines make sense if the point of fines is deterrence.
> Not sure why you mention this. Proportional fines make sense if the point of fines is deterrence.
Just as a curio...
Before the law was voted in, political leaders and columnist promised high and low that FRA would never be used for anything other than counter terrorism. Anyone who said otherwise was a tinfoil hat, and just didn't understand the issue. The law was about preventing terrorists from killing our children and nothing more!
A little less than a year after the law was passed, and the secret police got access to the collected data. Soon after, the legislative assembly and diplomats. After that, the police wanted in and was also granted access.
Today, go to their website and they talk very little about terrorism. The focus currently is on it-threats, malware and pen-testing, and thus calling out how great help they are currently providing in connection with the regular police and secret-police. The "mission" description sounds more like the slogan of a pen-test company than that of counter-terrorism, mostly noticeable because the word terrorism is not even mentioned most of the time, and on the list of services, the word "terrorism" is demoted to the bottom part of a bullet point list.
The last attempt to expand the "goal" of FRA was when the Swedish version of IRS asked for access. I don't know if they were granted, and the media don't care much anymore.
* Correction *
The IRS has not asked yet for FRA data. They have asked ISP's and webhosting providers for customers data, but not from FRA. There have been speculation on where the FRA scope would go next after that the police got access, but from what I can find, nothing official.
They do a lot more that is let out in articles. I don't understand people that expect to be informed about what secret services and government covert operations do by the press. Any leaks to the press would obviously be the exception.
The only reasonable thing to do for such things, is to try to estimate and deduce what's happening from their (the secret services, government etc) historical behaviour, the times they've been caught lying and what little leaks are available. And, probably, fear the worse.
>It could happen, but I'm sure it will be a public outcry if it ever is proposed
As if the public will do anything about it...
Worse things have been proposed and passed.
"Nothing to hide" dominated the pro-debate for this. Only populist representatives like Fredrick Federley and Annie Lööf voiced their discontent with the proposed changes in law, and they happily agreed to it while some minor things where changed. Common people just didn't care. Still don't.
Example: Klarna's financials can be found here http://www.allabolag.se/5567370431/Klarna_AB
..and you're English too?
It's also worth noting that Google said in 2007 that if the FRA snoop law is passed, they will locate their servers outside Sweden. They placed them in Finland instead.
Peter Fleischer from Google said "By introducing these new measures, the Swedish government is following the examples set by governments ranging from China and Saudi Arabia to the US government’s widely criticised eavesdropping programme. Do Swedish citizens really want their country to have the most aggressive government surveillance laws in Europe?"
Facebook knew they would be listened to, but put their datacenter in Sweden anyway.
Doesn't really help when almost all international Internet traffic from/to Finland goes through Sweden...
Since America threatened it with economic sanctions (because of the piratebay, sweden was sued by America and their entertainment industry), Sweden has changed a lot.
A pitty America has to threaten every other country in the world... :-) .
Haven't suspected much "multinational sponsorship" (except for the EU Commissioner for Trade named Karel De Gucht)
Although i'd rather have Europe then America to "trust" (their no saints either, don't get me wrong - but it's more democraticly and corporations have less influence).
My second choice would be America though..
And unless there is freedom of speech, i can still say what i want. You don't have to listen.
So it would impact Sweden's economy if they wouldn't do anything about Piratebay / piracy.
Ever since piratebay moved away from Sweden (stricter rules), it has gotten much worse.
See it's description (from Wikipedia):
Impact of Special 301 Reports 
According to the International Intellectual Property Alliance (IIPA) the Special 301 Report and the Watchlists is used to pressure other nations to adopt stricter copyright laws and take a more active role in combating Copyright infringements.
Although, this is to be expected. The US is a common trend-maker and the world is looking up to them. Of course who can sit this one out when the US itself is at full speed spearheading it. And very likely gently forcing to abide.
We're all at fault in what is happening.
If tomorrow the US says openly - we collect all data you send to Apple,Facebook,Google and Yahoo although stupid you can use or not them depending on how you feel about it.
That said, in practice it's less intrusive than the recently revealed US wiretapping-programs. Since more or less all software encrypt their traffic, the FRA-wiretapping is pretty useless.
I suggest that you open Wireshark and start browsing the internet and use your applications that you normally do, then check the packages sent from/to the servers. If you think that "more or less all software" encrypts their data, you'll be really surprised what the dumps will show you.
Huh? Forgive me if I'm mistaken, but are you saying everybody uses SSL?
However dosn't matter in the context of the fra law as it only allows meta data to be taped like somthing like.
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