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100 Spies Will Monitor All SMS and Email Going In and Out of Norway

The new system for monitoring all network traffic will cost at least $1.2 billion


(Translated to English from Norwegian publication Nettavisen)

Data about Norwegians from e-mails, text messages, social media and other internet traffic crossing the border abroad in data cables can in the future be stored by the Intelligence Service for up to 18 months, writes Aftenposten.

This is the main content of the bill on E-service that Defense Minister Frank Bakke-Jensen (H) sent for consultation before Christmas. The bill is significant, according to the preliminary calculation from the Defense Minister, “writes Aftenposten.

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The Ministry of Defense calls it all “facilitated the acquisition of cross-border electronic communications”. For example, this will require an “increase of fewer than 100 new posts” in the E-service, according to the Ministry.

With up to 100 more spies, new computer programs and new offices – this system will monitor network traffic across the border will cost at least NOK 850 million [$1.2 billion USD], the newspaper writes.

The expenditure of the intelligence service has almost quadrupled since 2000, according to a review by Aftenposten of the E-service’s budgets.

Source: Nettavisen

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