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Sweden demands Facebook info answers

Data protection authorities in the Nordic countries have posed a number of questions to social networking giant Facebook regarding the company’s handling of users' personal details.

Sweden demands Facebook info answers

“This is a joint venture to gain better knowledge of how the world’s largest social network handles personal information,” said legal expert Hans-Olof Lindblom from the Swedish Data Inspectorate (Datainspektionen) in a statement.

Last week the Norwegian Data Inspectorate sent social networking company Facebook a list of questions regarding the storage of user’s personal information.

The Norwegian Data inspectorate received a number of complaints from the public regarding Facebook’s use of personal information and felt that it had an obligation to contribute to raising awareness about the privacy aspects of using social networking services such as Facebook.

An investigation, resulting in a case study on Facebook, was initiated and the findings were sent along with the questions to the social networking company.

Despite Facebook’s policy to display comprehensive information on the website on how personal data is treated, the Norwegian Data Inspectorate found that it was still difficult for users to navigate the vast amount of information, and to fully understand the actual impact a Facebook membership has on their privacy.

Although it is the Norwegian agency that ultimately is in charge of the project, the questions have been compiled as a joint venture by agencies in Sweden, Norway, Denmark, the Faeroe islands, Finland and the Åland Islands, off the Swedish coast.

The agencies have asked Facebook to respond to their queries before the end of August.

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VIRAL

Family’s Christmas video goes viral in Sweden

A video made by a Swedish family as a silly Christmas greeting for their friends has gone wildly viral on Facebook, receiving more than half a million views in just four days, not bad for a country of just nine million.

Family's Christmas video goes viral in Sweden
Björn Hansson is 'quite attention-seeking', according to his daughter My. Photo: Screen Grab

The video shows Björn Hansson, from Ljusdal, a small town in central Sweden,  prancing around the frozen Swedish countryside in a bunny suit pursued by his dog Yksi. 

 

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GOD JUL 2015

Dags för årets julhälsning från min far Björn Hansson! Speciellt tillägnad Maria Wållner, Ewa Almin Olsén, Malin Blomqvist och Sara Carlsson. Ladies, både nätstrumpor och mycket hud! Enyoy.

Posted by My Hansson on Wednesday, 23 December 2015

 
 
It was shot by Björn Hansson's daughter My. His wife Kickan Hansson and her friend Theresa Olsson acted as dog handlers.
 
“It's so funny to think that so many people have seen my Dad in a bunny outfit, and my Dad thinks it's very funny too,” My Hansson told The Local. “He is quite attention-seeking so he likes it. He's very hard to be around because he's very star struck by himself.” 
 
“It's completely idiotic, but great fun,” Björn Hansson from Ljusdal said in a separate interview with the Helahälsingland newspaper. 
 
The video was shot a few days before Christmas and shared on Facebook the day before Christmas Eve. 
 
My Hansson told The Local that she had expected the video to be shared 30 or 40 times among friends, as happened with the silly Christmas photos they have taken in previous years. 
 
The idea came from their previous year's Christmas photo, when she decided to suspend her father, dressed in a bunny costume, by his feet from a crane, to mimic the traditional way to treat newly shot hares. 
 
“In Sweden we have a hunting tradition where you hunt hares with a dog like our dog, and when you shoot a hare you hang it upside down with a tree branch in its stomach,” My Hansson explained.
 
“Last year we hung him up by his legs, so this year we thought we would do a movie showing how we shot him.” 
 
Both My Hansson and her father are keen hunters, with the daughter, who is an artist, working as an illustrator for a hunting magazine. 
 
“I knew that hunters would find it funny,” she said. “But I didn't know the rest of Sweden would find it as funny as they have.”
 
“I think it's unusual to see an old man, jumping around in the middle of the forest freezing dressed as a rabbit. I don't think people have seen it before.”