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Justice minister wants more internet monitoring

Source: The Local

Swiss Justice Minister Simonetta Sommaruga wants to expand the government’s ability to monitor people’s online activities. The plans have been harshly criticized by other politicians and the internet sector.

Sommaruga would like to amend Switzerland’s Post and Telephone Monitoring Act (VÜPF), according to the Thursday edition of the Tages-Anzeiger newspaper. The act allows authorities to listen in on telephone conversations and e-mail communications when the government feels it is justified.

But if the justice minister has her way, telecoms companies and internet service providers would be able, if asked by the government, to follow all the online activities of a suspected person in real time, meaning they could virtually look over someone’s shoulder as he or she chatted online, performed a Google search or watched a video on YouTube.

In the wake of the killings in Norway, several European governments have expressed the desire to toughen up their own Internet surveillance rules. But in the Swiss case, Sommaruga unveiled her plan in June, weeks before Anders Behring Breivik massacred around 76 mostly young people.

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Google Loses in Swiss Court

“ZURICH—Switzerland’s top administrative court backed the Swiss privacy watchdog and ruled against Google Inc.’s Street View map service in Switzerland, saying the service infringes privacy in a March 30 ruling made public Monday.

Switzerland’s Federal Data Protection Commissioner Hanspeter Thuer and Google had been locked in a battle over the Web giant’s popular Street View application ever since the mapping service went live here in 2009. The dispute over data privacy is being closely watched by regulators elsewhere as they struggle to strike the right balance between individual privacy rights and a popular Web application used by millions.”

From Wall Street Journal