Opposition to bill on banning online criminal background checks

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  • The government wants to introduce legislation that will stop websites publishing and selling information about individuals' criminal records.

  • But the government's legislative proposal now lacks the majority needed to pass through parliament after the Christian Democrats made a U-turn to oppose the bill, Swedish Radio News reports.

  • In the last decade, the launch of websites that let Swedes' check each other's criminal records prompted the Data Inspection Board to call for a change in the country's constitutional laws.