The Storting’s justice committee issued its recommendation on Tuesday on the government’s bill that was presented before Christmas last year. The setting will be debated and then probably adopted next week.
However, the justice committee’s leader, Per-Willy Amundsen (Frp), is very critical.
– March 2023 will be the month when the Storting abolishes the right to privacy. This is a step in the direction of a police state, he adds Bergens Tidende.
– It happens without a thorough investigation and without a public debate, he says and emphasizes that monitoring must only take place after a concrete assessment and after the courts have dealt with the case.
A rare coalition, consisting of Frp, Venstre and SV, are very critical and have common comments on the bill, writes the newspaper.
Høyre’s justice policy spokesperson, Sveinung Stensland, disagrees with the other opposition parties. He believes it is right to give the police the opportunity to use this tool, and points out that it is the authorities’ most important task to ensure the security of the country and its citizens.
Minister of Justice Emilie Enger Mehl (Sp) has previously stated that the Police’s intelligence service needs expanded capabilities, because Norway may face new types of threats that the security service must be able to anticipate.
When the bill was on consultation, it was criticized by, among others, the Norwegian Data Protection Authority, the Danish Bar Association, the Norwegian Institute for Human Rights and Tekna.
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