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Sweden: Website Reported for Privacy Violations

February 8, 2010

TheLocal.se: Web site reported for privacy violations.

A website featuring personal information about Swedes convicted of sex crimes involving children has been reported to the police by Sweden‘s Data Inspection Board .

The filing marks the third police report within the last year filed by Swedish data protection officials about websites containing personal information about convicted sex offenders.

“It’s a worrying development that more sites of this type are cropping up which clearly breach the the date protection act,” DI head Göran Gräslund said in a statement.

By publishing the names, addresses, and personal identity numbers (personnummer) of people convicted of sex crimes involving children, the website, svenskapedofiler.se (‘Swedish paedophiles’), violates Sweden’s Personal Data Act.

“When sites like this expose people, it not only affects those who are singled out, but also affect their families and relatives,” said Gräslund.

Back in March 2009, DI filed a similar complaint against a website which posts information about sex offenders run by the Original Gangsters criminal gang.

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