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Agency green-lights state 'hooligan register'

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Agency green-lights state 'hooligan register'
12:06 CEST+02:00
The Swedish Data Inspection Board (Datainspektionen) has given the government thumbs up to start a register of blacklisted sports supporters, as long as a few changes are made to the scheme in order to safeguard personal integrity.

“There's always a risk that information kept in these types of sensitive registers will fall into the wrong hands,” said director general Göran Gräslund in a statement.

"Therefore, the obvious ambition to safeguard the personal integrity is commendable. However, the scheme has a number of points that need to be dealt with before the register can be implemented."

According to the agency, the description of the aims in the proposed legislation doesn't correspond with what the centralized register would be aiming to achieve.

Exactly what information should be kept on the supporters would have to be made clearer, according to the agency.

Also, an in-depth analysis of which information would be available to sport associations and event organizers would have to be carried out.

The Data Inspection Board further pointed out how several points in the proposal would mean infringements on the personal integrity of all supporters.

Some of the new regulations, including the register, would only affect those considered “risk-supporters” but others, such as personalized tickets and an increase in security camera surveillance would have an impact on all those attending sporting events.

“That's why it is important that the needs, aims and effects of the measures are properly analysed, in order to evaluate if the interest is proportional to the potential infringement on personal integrity,” Gräslund said.

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