FRA and the European Convention on Human Rights - A Paradigm Shift in Swedish Electronic Surveillance Law
Stockholm University - Faculty of Law
February 25, 2010
'Overvåking i en Rettstat' in the series Nordisk årbok i rettsinformatikk (Nordic Yearbook of Law and Information Technology),pp. 96-134, Fagforlaget, Bergen 2010
Electronic surveillance law is subject to a paradigm shift where traditional principles are reconsidered and the notion of privacy has to be reconstructed. This paradigm shift is the result of four major changes in our society with regard to 1) technology; 2) perceptions of threats, 3) interpretation of human rights and 4) ownership over telecommunications. The above-mentioned changes have created a need to reform both the tools of electronic surveillance and domestic legislation. Surveillance that was previously kept secret is now subject to public debate. The article focuses on systems of “mass surveillance” such as data retention and signals intelligence and whether these are consistent with the European Convention on Human Rights.
Number of Pages in PDF File: 29
Keywords: Electronic Surveillance, Privacy, Signals Intelligence
Date posted: February 28, 2010 ; Last revised: May 31, 2016