European Data Protection Digest

Complaints Say Site Violates Privacy

PRIVACY LAW—SWEDEN

November 11, 2011

The Local reports that a new, non-government website is generating complaints because it contains personal information of convicted criminals. Users of the site are able to perform geographic searches as well as find out the names, contact information, personal identity numbers and court rulings of the offenders, the report states. The country's data protection laws prohibit "anyone other than a public agency to handle personal information about violations of the law which include crimes." A representative from Sweden's Data Protection Board says the agency has received complaints about the site but has yet to conduct a detailed investigation.
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