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Paedophile site reported for privacy violations

David Landes · 18 Jan 2010, 14:41

Published: 18 Jan 2010 14:41 GMT+01:00

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The filing marks the third police report within the last year filed by Swedish data protection officials about websites containing personal information about convicted sex offenders.

“It’s a worrying development that more sites of this type are cropping up which clearly breach the the date protection act,” DI head Göran Gräslund said in a statement.

By publishing the names, addresses, and personal identity numbers (personnummer) of people convicted of sex crimes involving children, the website, svenskapedofiler.se (‘Swedish paedophiles’), violates Sweden’s Personal Data Act (Personuppgiftslagen - PuL), according to the agency's complaint.

“When sites like this expose people, it not only affects those who are singled out, but also affect their families and relatives,” said Gräslund.

Additional information published on the site includes details about the sex offenders’ crimes, as well as their case numbers. The site also allows users to locate offenders on a map of Sweden.

In addition to publishing personal data, the site must also be published in Sweden or rely on equipment placed in Sweden in order to fall under the country's data protection laws.

While svenskapedofiler.se contains no information about who operates the site, Gräslund told the Svenska Dagbladet (SvD) newspaper that DI has evidence indicating that the site's operators have IP-addresses registered in Sweden.

Back in March 2009, DI filed a similar complaint against kriminellt.com, a website which posts information about sex offenders run by the Original Gangsters criminal gang.

The complaint came just one month after the agency reported a similar site, sexbrott.com (previously known as sexoffender.nu), which also published the names, personal identity numbers, addresses, convictions details and sentences of Swedish sex offenders.

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Gräslund told SvD that a police investigation into one of the sites was abandoned, but that the second investigation is ongoing.

While sexbrott.com is no longer operational, kriminellt.com remains up and running.

David Landes (david.landes@thelocal.se)

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Your comments about this article

15:31 January 18, 2010 by Nemesis
Paedophiles should be locked up permanently and kept in secure lock up.

Anyone who has sex with a child should never be allowed to be part of society again.
16:06 January 18, 2010 by calebian22
"When sites like this expose people, it not only affects those who are singled out, but also affect their families and relatives," said Gräslund.

Yes, this is more important than a neighborhood full of innocent children at risk of getting abused by some pervert. Way to go Sweden! Protect the pervs.
16:36 January 18, 2010 by BravoTango
Too bad for the paedophiles and their relatives. Protecting society from further acts of depravity by these people takes precedence over their privacy. They gave that up when they were convicted of their crimes. When are we going to figure out that potential victims have rights too??
22:02 January 18, 2010 by Ben Mowbray
Whist I agree with the fact that paedophiles ought to be physically castrated and possibly tattooed (Lizbet Salander style) in a conspicuous place, I feel there is an inherent danger when it comes to privatization laws. Such laws should be general and apply to everyone equally, if we start changing them to apply to certain groups of people, you open the door to a number of other legal abuses. The problem with the legal system in most first world countries today could in my (very general) view be due to the twisting and bending of obscure laws. If the laws can be kept clear, consise, and general, perhaps some of these criminals getting off on technicalities might be put behind bars for a more reasonable amount of time... or at all.
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