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Information Act

Act came in 1973. It is there to protect the individual's privacy in relation to their neighbors and to some extent even authorities. The current Act came in 1992, and a few changes came into effect 1 January 1995. Now is working on a new proposal for a new data warehouse that will be coordinated with the EU. Act applies only to personal data stored on such as a floppy or hard disk. Individuals must be identified in any way for it to count as a personal, such as name and address.


The person responsible for the file need not be a person but may be an association, a corporation or a government agency. The data controller must notify the registry is maintained to DI and pay a license fee to obtain a license. License is not required on individual register is kept for private use. Have the other hand with customers or suppliers must license sought.


Besides license also requires a permit if the registry has no natural connection. This applies, for example, registers kept by a researcher. The state also sought in DI.


If the co-processing of registry also requires permission from the DI. Examples of co-processing is when you control the income parents of young children indicated to Social Services with those they represented to the agency.


Permission is also required if you want to store sensitive information. There is an exception for dentists and doctors. DI do not so often permission to store as much information about each person as an applicant intended. DI often have strict requirements on the register must be completed within a certain time.

Obligations on


The general rule when creating a registry is: register must be kept for a specific purpose. When this purpose well formulated one must stick to it and do not register any more information than necessary and do not use the information for anything other than the original.


The current Act has sought to limit personal use. Personal identification may be used only if "it is clearly justified by the purpose of the file, the importance of secure identification or other substantial reason".


Violation of the Act may result in a fine or imprisonment not exceeding one year. This applies, for example, if you have a record without a license (and state, if necessary). Anyone who illegally break into a register and partake of, destroy, alter or add something can be fined or imprisoned for up to two years.

IT board

DI has the task of providing licenses and permits to those written requests. DI should also inspect the use of personal data. They should also monitor the credit company operations.



In Sweden all have access to all documents produced by state and local governments. But one may classify certain documents and then it must be a reference to a particular paragraph in Secrecy.


There are laws that most directly related to computer use, such as "the Board Ordinance on work with display screen" (AFS 1985:12). The demands include screen readability, the lighting at computer work and working height to the keyboard. The notice also provides employee is entitled to vision screening and to work with a computer for more than an hour a day. This eye exam (and if the optician prescribe special glasses) shall be borne by the employer.

One must always take your own backup. You have to use it on a computer. You must not copy a program you purchased for home use to the computer at work, or vice versa. You may not copy between friends, but there is no penalty specified for that offense.

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