Sweden Proposes Six-Month Data Retention
PRIVACY LAW—SWEDENNovember 11, 2010
The Local reports on a bill presented by the Swedish government Thursday that aims to bring Sweden in line with the EU Data Retention Directive. Telephone and broadband providers would be required to retain electronic data for six months under the bill--the shortest period allowed under the directive--which would come into force in July 2011. In presenting the bill, Justice Minister Beatrice Ask said it considers privacy in that "the information can only be disclosed for crime-fighting purposes." Sweden was reprimanded in February by the EU Court of Justice for not having implemented the directive on time.