Sweden: ISPs Asked to Save User Data

by Irma Arkus

A new Swedish government proposal leaked and reported by Dagens Nyheter daily newspaper reveals efforts of the Anti-Piracy lobbyists to legally curb piracy in Sweden. The proposal is similar to that of recent French efforts, by which ISPs store user data, identify and report those sharing copyright materials over Internet.

ISPs in Sweden currently do not store user data, but if proposed legislation were to be adopted, they would store six months worth of user data, that would be acessed by authorities.

This would place ISPs in a peculiar role of watchmen, or a security detail. Furthermore, this type of surveillance clashes with existing rules and rights of EU citizens.

The Pirate Party response to the proposal is vehement according to TheLocal.Se:

“Storing the data means that the state has a register of all contacts ordinary people have via the internet and the telephone, even though they aren’t suspected of any crime. It violates the constitution and the European Convention on Human Rights,” said Christian Engström, “The internet isn’t a playground where politicians get to do what they want. The constitution applies, even on the internet. We have the right to keep our private lives private.”

The legislation is currently under review. Parliamentary response is expected in a matter of weeks.[TheLocal.se]