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Opinion: Drop the Data Retention Directive

PRIVACY LAW—SWEDEN

March 15, 2011

The Swedish parliament will vote tomorrow on whether to implement the EU Data Retention Directive. In an op-ed for SvD, two Swedish parliamentarians say that a "yes" vote would be "contrary to the rule of law principles." Christian Engström and Camilla Lindberg say the directive is flawed, potentially illegal and would be cost-prohibitive to some companies. They also say that it would put the personal data of Swedes at risk. For tomorrow's vote, the "least one can demand is a minority planking, which postpones the decision one year," they write. "To rush forward with a 'yes' tomorrow would be directly frivolous."
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