MADRID (AFP) – Spain’s Socialist opposition on Saturday accused the government of acting like “Big Brother” after proposing legislation that would give top officials more power to bypass judges and autho-rise wiretaps or other surveillance.
Spanish law currently allows po-lice to intercept private commu-nications without a judge’s OK
only in probes targeting suspec-ted terrorists or organised crime groups.
But the draft bill adopted Friday by cabinet ministers would grant the interior minister and the se-cretary of state for security the po-wer to authorise surveillance in “emergency cases”, or for a matter of “particular gravity”.
The leader of the main opposition Socialists, Pedro Sanchez, condem-ned the proposal, likening it to “a kind of Big Brother” move that represented “another tightening of the screws” on human rights and freedoms.
Before it can become law the bill must pass through parliament, where Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy’s Popular Party holds an abso-lute majority.