Norway accuses Sweden of ears dropping on its mobile phone traffic
Monday, 02 December 2013
The Norwegian authorities are accusing the Swedish of listening and monitoring Norwegian mobile traffic.
Norwegian business daily Dagens Næringsliv reports that the Norwegian Vice-President of the Storting (house of parliament) of the control and Constitutional Committee, Michael Tetzschner, says that Swedish authorities monitored Norwegian mobile traffic.
"I am deeply concerned about the development," he says to Dagens Næringsliv.
Michael Tetzschner on Monday will attend the meeting at the EU Parliament, which is to initiate an investigation of electronic mass surveillance of European citizens in the wake of Edward Snowden's revelations.
The Norwegian infrastructure is structured in such a way that it could affect legal certainty if other countries gain insight into the Norwegians communication, according to Tetzschner.
Sweden in 2008 adopted a law allowing the National Defence Radio Establishment (FRA) access to the Norwegians communication with most of the Norwegian telephone and data traffic between Norway and abroad passing Sweden.
Tetzschner says that Norway has initiated a dialogue with Sweden and that he would shortly travel to Stockholm to discuss the issue.
"We want to ensure that traffic between Norwegian citizens do not fall under Swedish supervision. Though we have common infrastructure, Sweden cannot take liberties in violation of Norwegian law, "he says.