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Sweden delays data directive decision

The Local/rm · 16 Mar 2011, 17:03

Published: 16 Mar 2011 17:03 GMT+01:00

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“The Swedish government needs to act towards a renegotiation of the data retention directive in the EU while this case is postponed in Sweden,” said Maria Ferm of the Green Party at the beginning of Wednesday's debate.

According to the Swedish constitution, a minority of 1/6 of the voting MPs can carry through a postponement of a proposal dealing with citizens’ rights and freedom.

The Left Party and the Greens, boosted by the Sweden Democrats, therefore needed 58 votes in order to be able to postpone the decision.

They managed it by four votes, with 62 in favour of a postponement.

Putting off the decision will almost certainly mean a hefty fine for Sweden, a fact which was not forgotten during the debate.

“If we haven’t passed this law by the time the EU Commission meets in April, they will turn to the European court and we will be fined. We are talking about at least 150 million kronor ($23 million), and in a worst case scenario, 500 to 600 million. And you will be responsible for that,” Johan Linander of the Centre Party cautioned the opposition.

According to the EU data retention directive, internet providers of all member states will be under the same obligation to store citizens' telecommunications data from six months to up to two years.

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The police and security agencies will also have the right to request access to this data, such as IP addresses, emails, phone calls, and text messages in order to use the information in crime prevention.

During Wednesday's vote, 62 MPs voted for a postponement, 281 MPs voted in favour of the directive and 6 MPs were absent.

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Your comments about this article

19:02 March 16, 2011 by eZee.se
150-600 million kr is quite a huge amount, but how much is personal privacy worth?

This is cheap at any price.
19:20 March 16, 2011 by byke
This kind of reminds me of when the internet search giant, google collected 600+ gigabytes of data in over 30 countries without notification or consent from those it scanned (illegal theft).

Google itself keeps information on its users for up to 2 years which has sparked a great deal of debate in regards to EU data laws.

Either way, know your enemies.
19:24 March 16, 2011 by Valdemaratterdag


And that's why Tor, JonDo, and other proxy services are invaluable to keep government spying to a minimum.

And to anyone who thinks that you have nothing to hide if you aren't doing anything wrong, and that personal privacy is overblown, please post in the discussion forum your real name, a copy of your driver's license, birth certificate and personal identification number, whatever it happens to be.

Anyone who isn't afraid of the government having total access to all your communications has forgotten the lessons that the wars of the 20th century have brought us.
00:34 March 17, 2011 by Beavis
this stinks of double standards as per usual..

Its fine for Sweden to break every data protection act under the sun (by the tax autorities giving out everyones personal info to anyone who asks) and where are the fines for sysembolagshit? Thats breaking every monopoly law there is in the EU
05:50 March 17, 2011 by eZee.se

That was caused by test code being used in a live environment. Google then turned over all that data to the governments of the places that were unwittingly logged.

I do agree with Google storing your info for a long amount of time though.


I'm always behind a paid VPN so it does not bother me that much, but I do not want to explain a VPN's workings to average Joe, so this delay helps ;)

"please post in the discussion forum your real name, a copy of your driver's license, birth certificate and personal identification number,"

Too many things, just ask them to put a camera in their bedroom :-D

"You're doing nothing wrong, right?? RIGHT?!"

Personal privacy should trump these silly laws that will mostly benefit the music and movie industries to sue teenagers, single parents etc the way they have in the US.
08:27 March 17, 2011 by byke

Google didnt turn over all the data that they stole.

In fact the Google refused to hand over data that was collected illegally as requested by German authorities.

I wonder if they would have handed over the data, had a country like China had asked?

Considering that Google worked closely with China to ensure that Censorship was upheld (see great firewall of china) and data collected.
10:53 March 17, 2011 by johnny1939
Crime prevention...my foot!!! Let the f---ng EU whistle for their money! They cause nothing but trouble anyway. When I have to communicate something delicate perhaps I should go to a different part of town and use a public phone(if I can find one)and make my call after having carefully examined that there are no cameras or listening devices...what a world we live in!!! I am regarding the government as my potential enemy these days.
17:52 March 17, 2011 by eZee.se

Here ya go:




I used to write for eZee.se and this was one of the "breaking news" that was sent to us a few months back.
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