Technological developments have made it more difficult to obtain the necessary information to enable crimes to be investigated. For example, information is often encrypted and it is therefore not possible to access it with the methods that are available today. The Government therefore proposes that secrete data interception shall be permitted in cases where there are suspicions of serious crime. The Riksdag voted in favour of the Government's proposal.
The new regulations mean that the police and other law enforcement agencies may access computers and other types of technical equipment used for communication, for example mobile telephones.
The use of secret data interception shall be permitted in certain preliminary investigations, for intelligence purposes and in the case of special controls in respect of aliens. The use of secret data interception shall only be permitted in cases of particularly serious crime.
The new regulations will come into force on 1 April 2020. The law is to apply for a limited period of time – for five years. The law will then be evaluated.