New database law draws criticism
A new law that would permit a database to detail Swedes' health and ethnic background could come into effect next year. But both the Swedish Data Inspection Board and the Chancellor of Justice Office are critical of the idea, reports Swedish Radio News.
According to the Data Inspection Board, there is a big risk of privacy infringements, and sets a dangerous precedence if other state agencies also create databases about the Swedish population.
But the Government is standing behind its proposal and intends to implement the law in January 2013.
The database would be used by the Institute for Evaluation of Labour Market and Education Policy, IFAU, which studies the labour market.