Liberal Party addresses treatment of personal data

Sweden’s Liberal Party (Folkpartiet) wants to make it easier to bring indictments for insults or slander when minors suffer harassment over the internet.

“New technologies move awfully fast and insults can now reach so many more people,” said Liberal Party Secretary Erik Ullenhag on Wednesday when he, together with Riksdag member Tobias Krantz, presented the party’s legislative consultation entitled “Integrity in a new time”.

Another example of how new technology results in “little brother watching you” are employers which today can follow every step you take or button you push in the workplace, and private companies can purchase a huge amount of personal information from the state’s central registry of personal information, SPAR.

Ullenhag and Krantz believe that employers ought to seek permission or file a report in order to conduct surveillance on their employees.

The pair also question whether the state should be in the business of selling information which limit’s one personal integrity.

Another suggestion is to replace the Swedish Data Inspection Board (Datainspektionen) with an integrity authority that has a wider mandate, and to have the government conduct an annual audit.

“We’re taking up and would like to see a debate about this new threat,” said Ullenhag.

However, the party still supports limiting integrity when increasing police powers, as represented in as the controversial proposal on electronic surveillance which remains dormant in the Riksdag.