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Lawsuit filed against controversial website

A private individual lawsuit was filed to Stockholm district court Thursday against the owners of the controversial Lexbase database, which mapped people who have been convicted of crimes in Sweden until it was shutdown by its internet provider.

The man who filed the libel suit, believes he has been "hung-out to dry" like a criminal because his name appeared in the database, even though he had only been convicted of speeding. The site enabled users to enter a name, number of address to discover if a person had a criminal record dating back five years, but to find out the details of conviction required a cash sum.

On Thursday, Lexbase was closed by its internet provider, Bahnhof.

The closure came a day after hackers broke into the system, and Bahnhof feared that hackers may have tried to access subscribers' bank details. On Thursday Bahnhof announced it was ripping up its contract with the controversial company, saying it wanted to choose integrity first.

In a press release Bahnhof wrote: "Freedom of speech and integrity are our core values. With Lexbase our values came into conflict with each other, because ordinary people get exposed. So we chose integrity".

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