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European Union

Sweden Felled in EU Court

Published torsdag 4 februari 2010 kl 10.30
Justice Minister Beatrice Ask

Updated 11:08 AM

Sweden has been found guilty by the Court of Justice of the European Union of not implementing an EU directive to store data about citizens’ mobile and internet traffic, news agency TT reports. The information is earmarked for use in criminal investigations.

The Swedish government pushed for the law in 2006, but the current administration has not explored how the directive can be incorporated into law.

Minister of Justice Beatrice Ask says that Sweden will continue to wait and see how the law can be implemented without jeopardizing personal integrity, despite the possibility of a fine.

“It’s possible that it could cost a bit of money. But other countries have also had problems with being sure that this directive and its rules are compatible with their constitutions,” she told Swedish Radio News on Thursday.

But Social Democrat Thomas Bodström, who was Sweden’s Minister of Justice when the directive was clubbed through, tells Swedish Radio News that data storage is more necessary now than ever before.

“This is one of the police’s absolutely most important tools for fighting human traffiking and drug crimes, rape, and murder. So I find it completely incomprehensible that the Swedish government can hesitate to implement the data storage directive.”

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