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Swedish security police to register Isis sympathizers

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Swedish security police to register Isis sympathizers
Säpo's offices in Solna, near Stockholm. Photo: Tomas Oneborg/SvD/TT
08:46 CEST+02:00
Swedish security police Säpo are now allowed to register people that express they like or sympathize with terrorist organizations like Isis, according to a Svenska Dagbladet report.

In early June, Säpo asked the Swedish Data Inspection Board to look into the matter in order to make sure that it did not go against laws preventing the mishandling of personal information.

And the data inspection authority came to the conclusion that expressing sympathy with an organization like Isis cannot be classed as sensitive personal information.

In order for the information to be recorded however there is the requirement that the organization is included on EU or UN lists of terrorist organizations. It is also important that the organization actively invites supporters to commit crimes in its name, as is the case with Isis.

"The Data Inspection Board's conclusion will allow us to further streamline our work. We will be able to register relevant tips and will be able to get a better overall picture of the people we follow," Säpo press secretary Simon Bynert told SvD.

According to Säpo the decision from the Data Inspection Board does not mean that information can be registered based on political and religious beliefs, which is not generally allowed in Sweden.

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