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[TheIntercept] How a Small Company in Switzerland Is Fighting a Surveillance Law — And Winning

A small email provider and its customers have mobilized to force the Swiss government to put its new invasive surveillance law up for a public vote in a national referendum in June. [...]

By gathering its users and teaming up with political groups including the Green and Pirate parties, as well as technological and privacy advocates including Chaos Computer Club Switzerland and Digitale Gesellschaft Switzerland, ProtonMail was able to contribute to the effort to collect over 70,000 signatures before the deadline. [...]

The new law is the first of two surveillance laws that have been circulating through the Swiss Parliament. The NDG law was fully passed in September, but can’t take full effect until after the referendum vote in June.[...] the second law, known as the “BÜPF,” might come up for a vote in the Parliament’s spring session, but may be revised or delayed. [...]

https://theintercept.com/2016/01/25/how-a-small-company-in-switzerland-i...