Statewatch article: RefNo# 37172
Switzerland votes in favour of greater surveillance - Bill wins almost 70% of vote in victory for government who argued that intelligence agencies relied too heavily on other nations
Statewatch News Online, September 2016
"The proposed law won 65.5% support, final results on Sunday showed. ...

Just 43% of voters took part in Sunday’s poll, a slightly lower mark than recent referendums when flashpoint issues such as immigration were on the ballot.

Overshadowing the vote was a scandal dating back to 1989 and the dying days of the cold war, when Swiss citizens learned that the security services had opened files on 900,000 individuals, detailing their political and trade union affiliations. The revelations sparked outrage in a country where people fiercely guard their privacy and led to significant curbs on police intelligence measures."


See the article: Switzerland votes in favour of greater surveillance - Bill wins almost 70% of vote in victory for government who argued that intelligence agencies relied too heavily on other nations (Guardian, link)

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