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Sweden to extend police powers on data access

TT/The Local · 27 Oct 2010, 11:17

Published: 27 Oct 2010 11:17 GMT+02:00

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Currently, ISPs may be required to hand over IP address and personal details of customers suspected of crimes subject to custodial sentences, but the government wants to extend the law to cover offences that are punishable only by fines.

The proposals are including in a justice department memorandum read by the TT news agency, in which is stated, "Procurement is proposed to be possible for all crimes, namely the requirement that imprisonment should be prescribed for the offence, and that according to the authority's judgement could result in penalties other than fines, should be removed."

Furthermore, it is proposed that the police be given access to information from mobile telephone operators detailing the location of missing persons if there is an established risk to their life or well-being.

The changes are proposed to be introduced in connection with the adoption of the EU Data Retention Directive. Sweden has previously been reluctant to implement the directive, which was approved by Brussels in March 2006.

The Swedish government was instructed by the European Court of Justice in February to adopt the measure and assured the court that the directive would be expected to pass into Swedish law on April 1st.

The directive was passed in the wake of the Madrid and London terrorist bombings. Seen as an important tool in combating terrorism, it raised concerns from privacy advocates. The Swedish justice minister Beatrice Ask has repeatedly expressed reservations over the scope of the powers that it confers.

The news of the the government's proposals has been met with criticism from the Pirate Party.

"It is unfortunately evident that a large surveillance apparatus has been developed to be able to get at regular, honourable people who exchange films and music with each other," wrote Mikael Nilsson of the Pirate Party in a statement on Wednesday.

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The Centre Party's Johan Linander, vice chair of the Riksdag Committee on Justice, has also been critical of the directive, which forces ISPs and mobile phone operators to save customer records for six months, but conceded that the proposed changes are positive.

"We can not have legislation which places different demands depending on the nature of the crime, this is broad legislation which gives the police access to this information," he said to Sverige Radio's P3 Nyheter news programme.

"To investigate sexual molestation, libel, insults and grooming, the types of internet crimes which have unfortunately become increasingly common," he added.

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Your comments about this article

13:52 October 27, 2010 by eZee.se
When most kids get molested or their naked pictures get spread around by child porn scum... its just too bad their parents are mostly *not* filthy rich.

I mean think about it,child porn and child exploitation does not give a kickback to the government, cant buy fancy dinners or all expense trips for politicians.

The music and film industries on the other hand... well, hookers - blow - vacations - expensive dinners and presents for politicians there are a plenty! And more where that came from!

So they get some nice laws setup that serve just them and screw everyone else............ while one guy who exploited 45 children and had over 25000 pictures of little kids getting exploited gets around a year in jail.

Filesharing carries a jail sentence of up to 2 years.

Gotta love the system and the way the music and film industries work it... right?

Justice - means different things to different folk.
14:00 October 27, 2010 by Rebel
Hate to say it but Alex Jones (infowars.com) might just be right.
15:14 October 27, 2010 by Sam1
There should be a smart system but not a mean system, People do enjoy sharing harmeless files movies.
16:38 October 27, 2010 by mojofat
Perhaps they can start listening to our phone calls as well...you know, to make sure we're not saying anything we shouldn't be.
18:09 October 27, 2010 by eZee.se
@mojofat, wait a bit till mobile broadband starts picking up without the damn bandwidth problems... they will try to hold the tele people responsible for people sharing stuff.

That low life scumbag was sharing explicit child porn.. and he got a fine and jail time less than what you get for filesharing... I just cant get over that.

Is that the message we have to teach our young these days?

Something like this:

Its ok to harm innocents but don't p!ss off the multinational multi-billion dollar companies.

Sweden has more than enough problems that should take a higher priority than getting some pimple faced little geek who has just enough money to buy the latest videogame at 500kr but not for a CD with 1 good song and 11 fillers for 180kr.

The gall of these greedy b***ards.
20:12 October 27, 2010 by Rebel
The elite in the Riksdag show what they value in life -- and it is not the little guy.
23:45 October 27, 2010 by eZee.se
Do you ask the post office to open every letter as it may contain death threats/pedophilia/drugs etc?

Does Smith & Wesson get into problems for each time someone uses their guns to kill someone?

How daft would it be if Saab/volvo/GM gets sued every time someone uses their cars to make a getaway in a bank robbery?

But its fine to threaten/sue/harass the ISPs and take them to court for what *their users* do...
05:42 October 28, 2010 by Da Goat
I think it is perfectly fine to hand over IP's and personal details as long as they don't in any way tie them together!

after all they already have the IP's and the personal details anyway! it is the tie together that they want!

just hand over the bulk data every time, here is out number range and here is our customers in alphabetical order you happy now LOL fourcough now!
09:03 October 28, 2010 by Keith #5083
It is not an adequate response to simply play that old 'multinationals rule' tune over and over.

The EU directive was passed following terrorist activity. If you want to cast blame, then at least throw it in the right direction.

I totally agree about the 'rip off' price of CD's, dvd's, etc. But that has always been a very simple equation of supply/demand. They couldn't ask the price if folks weren't prepared to pay it! I,personally, do not file share and have bought ca. 400 dvd's. I have never paid more than SeK 100 for any of these films - I wait until the price drops, which it usually does after just a couple of months.Patience,however, is an out of date virtue for most peeps.
18:06 October 31, 2010 by eZee.se
"The EU directive was passed following terrorist activity. If you want to cast blame, then at least throw it in the right direction."

The keywords above are " was passed".

While it is true that they were passed after terrorist activity... they were already in place and waiting well before that then just needed an excuse or a reason to latch onto.

"But that has always been a very simple equation of supply/demand."

Used to be the case before but now in the digital age a copy of a copy costs almost $0.00 but still they want to charge per song on itunes what you would per for a CD - all kept floating by artificial scarcity.

I do fileshare (A LOT) and i do agree patience is not on everyone's list but that is not the only reason, many people fileshare out of civic disobedience so picket a one sided, screw-the-end-user deal that is "copyright". (Google/Wikipedia "copyright extensions" and mickey mouse copyright)
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