National Defence Radio Establishment

The National Defence Radio Establishment (Swedish: Försvarets radioanstalt, FRA) is a Swedish government agency organised under the Ministry of Defence. The two main tasks of FRA are signals intelligence (SIGINT), and support to government authorities and state-owned companies regarding computer security.[2][7]

National Defence Radio Establishment
Försvarets radioanstalt (FRA)
Coat of Arms of the National Defence Radio Establishment
Agency overview
Formed1 July 1942
JurisdictionGovernment of Sweden
HeadquartersRörbyvägen, Lovön, Ekerö Municipality, Stockholm County[2]
59°19′55.39″N 17°51′14.08″E
Employeesapprox. 700 (2009)[3]
Annual budgetSEK 860,262,000 (2014)[4]
Minister responsible
Agency executives
Parent agencyMinistry of Defence
Key document
Websitewww.fra.se

The FRA is not allowed to initialize any surveillance on their own,[8] and operates purely on assignment from the Government, the Government Offices, the Armed Forces, the Swedish National Police Board and Swedish Security Service (SÄPO).[7] Decisions and oversight regarding information interception is provided by the Defence Intelligence Court and the Defence Intelligence Commission; additional oversight regarding protection of privacy is provided by the Swedish Data Protection Authority.[9]