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Curb on online income snoopers moves closer

TT/The Local · 25 May 2010, 15:13

Published: 25 May 2010 15:13 GMT+02:00

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The proposal aims to place restrictions on the users of services providing online credit reports on individuals. Those who want credit information this way must have a "legitimate need for information" under the government's Council on Legislation's (Lagråd) changes.

In the future, the person whose information is being sought must also be informed about what has been disclosed. According to Ask, the changes will protect individuals privacy better than current means.

One consequence of the law is that it would be harder for journalists to investigate the finances of public figures such as politicians, newspaper Dagens Nyheter reported.

Social Democrat Thomas Bodström, a former justice minister, has been very critical of the proposal. He told Expressen that the new law, by extension, implies "a breeding ground for corruption."

"The Moderates do not want to disclose contributions to political parties and now they do not want us to investigate individuals," Bodström told Expressen. "To further limit transparency is deeply unfortunate. There is nothing better than transparency against corruption."

The case will now proceed to the finance committee, which also has a centre-right majority. Sweden's parliament, the Riksdag, will debate and vote on the issue in June.

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The right-wing majority in the constitutional committee would like to delay the change so that it begins at year-end, instead of as scheduled in August.

TT/The Local (news@thelocal.se)

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Your comments about this article

21:44 May 25, 2010 by darrenj

Why should you be ashamed or hide how much you make! What are you afraid of??
23:06 May 25, 2010 by voiceofreason

I guess you don't have a job or you just took it without negotiating the pay.

How much you earn is your business and it it is indicative of your worth to your employers. Public disclosure of earnings only encourages unnecessary attention and unfair criticism
08:43 May 26, 2010 by caradoc
@ darrenj

ok , how much do you earn?
09:35 May 26, 2010 by xavidx
I think that the letter to the person who got their information looked at is a good idea.

But you should be free to look at what your work mates make. I think this is good for the employee and lets them know if they are being screwed or not.

But if it is your neighbor then it is none of thier business. I think the letter will eliminate most of the problem.
10:49 May 26, 2010 by Streja
I see this as a breach of the freedom of informaiton act.
10:56 May 26, 2010 by Mr Gee
If you are paid from the public purse then you are accountable to the public. Therefore jobs such as a politician, chief of a local council, police chiefs etc should have earnings published in order that the people can judge for themselves if anyone's earnings are out of proportion. HOw many government paid chiefs are paid more than the prime minister?

But, a private company makes its own cash so earning should not be disclosed.
14:19 May 26, 2010 by Ozpot
Who wants their neighbours to know how much you earn, they might get green with envy.

Some people might be embarrassed how little they earn and would rather others not to know.
10:00 June 1, 2010 by macktheknife
Is it not possible to have a law which protects the privacy of the vast majority of Swedes, but forces full disclosure of political contributions, gifts, and problematic relationships (usually between the public and private sector) where a conflict of interest might occur?
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