Lex Nokia

March 5th, 2009 by Timo Vuorensola

1984-not-handbook

Finland has been known for quite a long time as one of the most uncorrupted countries in the world. Yesterday, this was changed. A law dubbed as “Lex Nokia” was lobbied and steamrolled through in the Parliament of Finland. The law has received a lot of criticism from the law professors, general public and Internet actives because of it’s vague wording which, in the end, may give certain parties in Finland more power to watch over the Internet than for example police has nowadays. In addition to that, it has come clear that a lot of a bit strange lobbying and even threats have been attached to the preparation process of the law. It is said that Nokia has threatened to leave Finland and take the 16000 jobs with it, if the law doesn’t go through.

The law itself gives the right for the employers to monitor the emails of the employees, but the law extends also to other communities, like housing cooperatives, which makes it even more ambiguous and vague.

One of the saddest things was that some parties that I would’ve expected to vote against the law either staid out of the conversation, or changed their view in the end. The biggest disappointment was the Green Party (Vihreät), from where only Energia’s main favourite MP Jyrki Kasvi and Johanna Sumuvuori was doing the right thing and voting against it. Strangely enough, both Perussuomalaiset (far-right) and SDP & Vasemmisto (left-wing) both were collectively against the law, but all together almost 1/4 of the Parliament were not present at the voting, and it was smashed through with a clear majority voting for the law.

Here are the results of the vote.

Makes you think, makes you wonder, doesn’t it?

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11 Responses to “Lex Nokia”

  1. Stefan says:

    Actually Johanna Sumuvuori (Green Party) also voted against the law, so Kasvi wasn’t alone in his opposition.

  2. Yes, thanks! Fix’d it.

  3. Bagushii says:

    Well, if it helps any, you’re not alone. I hear news from Australia that they want their major ISPs to censor the web, based on blacklists and keywords, real China-style. The global (Western) police state has been in the making for a while, now.

    And how do you make the masses not only submit to it, but actually want it? Fear is the key. Keep the media talking about things like 9/11, the school shootings.. (Anyone remember yesteryear’s fear fad, the avian influenza? It wasn’t that useful in instilling fear so it was sort of buried as a topic, I guess.) When people are fearful, they’ll beg for more governmental control, and there you have it.

  4. Joona says:

    Bagushii, censoring net sites is one thing (a bad one). Permitting a breach of private correspondence information is on a whole different level of shit. Jesus fuckin christ we have such a thing as mail confidentiality in the law. And they just piss on it like that!

    Cheers for my old buddy JJ and Johanna for trying to hold the line, but 2 against 200 isn’t too much even if you are a Finn.

    Joona

  5. Risto Rimpulka says:

    Oikeastaan tämä laki ei vaikuta juuri mitenkään negatiivisesti ihmisten yksityisyyteen. Päin vastoin se voi jopa lisätä sitä. Kun on selvää mitä saa tarkkailla ja kuinka paljon, on erittäin selvää ettei esim. työkoneella käytettyä yksityistä nettipostia saa lukea vaikka työnantajan on muuten luvallista tutkia työkonetta. Sama juttu koskee muita yhteisöjä joissa tätä sovelletaan.

  6. Joona says:

    Tiedän, että slippery slope -argumentti on virheellinen ja looginen perseelleenlento. Valitettavasti ne jotka tätä lakia tulevat käyttämään ihmisten valvontaan EIVÄT tiedä sitä ja soveltavat valtaansa tämän virheellisen logiikan mukaan. Jos ei muuten mene jakeluun, käytetäänpä kotimaista tokaisua: anna pirulle pikkusormi, niin se vie koko käden.

    Menix jakeluun?

    Joona

  7. Julian says:

    (heartbroken)

    Time for some creative subversion and equally creative sabotage.

    I swear Lex Nokia is from over the Eastern Border, and it makes
    me sick and EXTREMELY angry.

    Ei tunnu missään, löylyä lissää, saatana!

  8. Bagushii says:

    Joona, I know what you’re saying, I just see both the censoring of the net and the snooping on people’s emails as steps down on the same slippery slope, towards a police state. The police state wants to both limit access to information and to limit people’s privacy (and therefore feeling of personal security).

    Hmm.. maybe the campaign was lobbied by the Finnish Post Office then?

  9. Mel says:

    hello,

    i would need the exactly results of the vote. the link doesn’t work anymore, can anybody help me!? where can i find who exactly voted yes?

    thx in advance!

    p.s. i don’t speak finnish..

  10. Mel says:

    hello,

    i need the exactly results of the vote! the link doesn’ work anymore.. where can i find result?

    thx in avance!!

  11. h. krause says:

    Parliament approved the bill by a vote of 96 to 56, with 47 Members of Parliament absent from the vote. Six of the 14 members of the Green League were absent, six voted in favour of the measure, and two – Jyrki Kasvi and Johanna Sumuvuori – voted against it. Their vote did not come as a surprise to anyone.

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