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Riksdag Delays Data Retention Vote

PRIVACY LAW—SWEDEN

March 17, 2011

The Riksdag on Wednesday postponed its vote on whether to implement the EU Data Retention Directive, The Local reports. "The Swedish government needs to act towards a renegotiation of the data retention directive in the EU while this case is postponed in Sweden," said Green Party member Marie Ferm. By implementing the directive, the nation's telecommunications carriers would be required to store citizens' data for at least six months so it could be used to aid law enforcement investigations and crime prevention. The decision to delay the vote could result in a several million kronor fine for the Swedish government.
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