How much support is there for The Pirate Party? They got 7% of the vote in the European election in June.
What power will the single MEP have? One MEP doesn't have much power on their own, but they can raise the awareness of issues and cause them to be debated. Incidently, if the Lisbon Treaty is passed, the Pirate Party will get another MEP.
How much money have Swedish musicians, film-makers, etc., lost due to piracy? Probably a lot less than what they say they have!
How much revenue has the Swedish government lost? None. This is because if people aren't spending their money on music and films, they will be spending it on other things instead, which the Swedish governmnet also taxes. Incidently, if Swedes spend less momney on Holywood films and instead spend money on Swedish-made goods, the Swedish government will get more revenue.
What measures are in the 'draconian' Swedish 'surveillance' law? It gives the state the right to monitor ALL phone calls, emails, and other electronic communications that crosses Sweden's borders. At the moment they need to get a court order to monitor individual suspects; under this law they can routinely record every single phone call, email, text message, etc.
How much global internet traffic passes through Sweden? A lot of traffic by Swedes does, for example if they use an email provider such as Gmail, then it crosses Sweden's borders even if sent to another Swede.
Can the monitoring of internet traffic be seen, legitimately, as a vital tool in the fight against terrorism? I don't think so. Monitoring the communications of suspected terrorists would in my opinion be justified. Monitoring everyone is not justified.
What does our government's consultation with Sweden mean for our right to privacy? The UK has similar plans to bug all our electionic communications, which demonstrates how much of a right they think we have to privacy.