Sweden too slow to counter terror: agency

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Sweden too slow to counter terror: agency

The lack of a shared database slows down Swedish authorities trying to detect terror threats, claims Sweden's Counter-Terrorism Co-operative Council (Nationellt centrum för terrorhotbedömning).


Sweden's Justice Minister Beatrice Ask responded to the claim on Thursday by saying it was not a top priority, despite the government being asked to inquire about the matter a year ago.

“You have to take into account many different interests when you discuss storing information in all types of databases,” Ask told Sveriges Radio (SR).

The counter-terror council, which works with analyzing potential terror threats against Sweden, claimed that their system would be improved if personal information from the National Defence Radio Establishment, the Swedish Security Service (Säpo) and the Military Intelligence and Security Service MUST (Militära underrättelse-och säkerhetstjänsten).

The council is a cooperative body coordinating the work of these three authorities.

Each authority has their own rules for safeguarding information, leading to a lack of cooperation.

The justice minister says she has no concrete solutions to the plan, and thus no timeframe for when it will be resolved.

“It’s an important issue, but it’s not of the highest priority,” said Ask.

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