Medical Files Stored for Life

Swedish insurance companies are under attack for collecting and storing medical and genetic files of their policy holders.

According to a new report by the Swedish National Board of Health and Welfare, medical files are often stored long after an individual’s death.

Anyone who signs a personal insurance plan with an independent company automatically gives that company access to their personal medical files. These files are often kept indefinitely, even if a personal insurance scheme is cancelled.

According to Lars-Erik Holm, managing director of the Swedish National Board of Health and Insurance, this represents a huge invasion of privacy and is unacceptable.

He suggests that the law be changed so that insurance companies are forced to delete information at regular intervals.