Finland:Fast-track new intelligence laws to avert terrorism

 

Finland’s center-right government is planning to give authorities new powers to monitor citizens online in a fast-track legislative move aimed at countering threats like terrorism and spying. The draft law, presented on Wednesday, would allow the Finnish intelligence service to monitor citizens’ data communications beyond Finnish borders if there is a suspicion of a “serious threat” against national security. Currently, the service is allowed to gather information only on an individual crime suspect inside Finnish borders. The new plan requires changes to the constitutional law on privacy protection and the government wants to push it through in an accelerated procedure.

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