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Swiss vote on granting new powers to intelligence services

Swiss voters are casting ballots to decide whether to grant new powers to Switzerland's intelligence services, such as tracking internet activity, snooping on email boxes and tapping phones to better fight spies, criminal hackers and violent extremists.

A new intelligence law, plus pension reforms and environmental policy, are the three issues being considered in Sunday's referendum.

Proponents say the law, passed a year ago but not enacted, is needed to help Switzerland catch up with other countries who have stronger legal arsenals to counter cyber-crime, snooping or extremist attacks. Opponents fear it will deplete civil liberties, do little to impede terrorism and chip...

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