The Swiss secret services have an unprecedented mandate to eavesdrop on private phones and hack into personal data to prevent terrorism.

A referendum on Sunday approved with 66.5% a motion to boost surveillance powers for the Swiss secret services.

The law will allow surveillance of any suspect provided the secrete services have been authorized by a court, the defense ministry, and the entire seven-member cabinet.

In these cases only, surveillance powers will extend to tapping phones, s...

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