Booze monopoly faces privacy investigation

The Swedish Data Inspection Board has launched a probe into revelations that alcohol retail monopoly Systembolaget retains customer credit card details for up to ten years.

The board said it had received a number of complaints that Systembolgaet’s handling of its customers’ personal details was incompatible with Sweden’s Personal Data Act (personuppgiftslagen).

“One of the main pillars of the Personal Data Act is that a business should not store personal data for longer than required,” said the board’s Director-General Göran Gräslund in a statement.

Evidence that Systembolaget stored credit card details for up to ten years emerged during the recent investigation into the brutal murder in northern Sweden of Carolin Stenvall, Svenska Dagbladet reports.

The prosecutor in the case received 17 pages of information relating to purchases made at Systembolaget by Toni Alldén, the man found guilty of Stenvall’s murder.

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