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Should it be easier to be anonymous?

Published tisdag 13 augusti 2013 kl 15.36
"It's very easy to find out much more about people than they might even know themselves."
5:20 min

Sweden has a long tradition of transparency, but with more and more of people's personal details turning up online - sometimes in ways that could pose a threat to them, should the country reconsider its policy and strike a different balance between openess and privacy?

Information about people's birthdays and annual income is freely available in Sweden, and becoming anonymous is only possible under very limited circumstances.

This week, media reported on the credit report website - Ratsit - that publishes personal details that could potentially put lives at risk. The names and whereabouts of women who are victims of violence, staying at shelters, turn up with a simple search of the site along with thousands of other Swedish residents.

Radio Sweden's Tom Sullivan interviews Isobel Hadley-Kamptz, the communications at the national Digitization Commission, an independent body commissioned to develop Sweden's IT policy.

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