According to federal councillor Simonetta Sommaruga, investigators should soon be able to monitor Internet traffic of Swiss citizens in real-time. By changing the “Verordnung über die Überwachung des Post- und Fernmeldeverkehrs (VÜPF)” act, the legal base shall be provided. This forces Swiss internet providers to build infrastructure for these monitoring services. Besides the fact, that several small internet providers will get into financial trouble because of the enormous costs, some basic issues, like data protection, have not been clearly discussed until today.
The modified act shall empower law enforcers to intercept phone calls and emails, verify internet addresses or observe a user’s internet traffic in real-time. This is in fact a violation of fundamental rights.
During the past, other attempts have been made to enhance monitoring of Internet traffic. They earned a lot of criticism and were laid on ice.
Swiss data protection officer will give a statement as soon as the VÜPF is released in a definitive version. More to come…