Tuesday, July 12, 2005

Swedish police reported for "database of people's views"

The Swedish police is to be investigated by the Data Inspection Board after allegations that the force has been keeping an illegal register of people's views. The register is used to classify crimes into certain fixed categories, but a report made to the board alleges that individuals can also be linked to the codes. "We have received a report which asserts that the codes are not just used for statistics but are linked to people in a way that makes it easy for the police to search," said David Säfwe, a lawyer at the Data Inspection Board. Säfwe told Göteborgs-Posten that the matter was being taken very seriously and he had written to the National Police Board requesting clarification.


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