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Authority Seeks Legislation To Prevent Defamatory Posts


January 15, 2013

The Swedish Data Protection Board is seeking tougher legislation to deter Internet bullying and prevent privacy violations, The Local reports. The board’s recommendation follows a government request for a review on freedom of speech and press laws. Websites operated by media companies are protected by free speech clauses in Sweden’s Constitution, but the board wants Sweden to adopt legislation that would criminalize posting offensive and insulting comments. “It shouldn’t make a difference whether serious insults and privacy violations take place within or outside of areas protected by the constitution,” said Göran Gräslund, the board’s leader. “A criminal penalty would help create a balance between freedom of speech and protecting people’s privacy.”
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