There were widespread protests against the Roma databases last year. Photo: Tomas Oneborg/Scanpix

Commission finds more questionable police databases

More police forces around Sweden are to be investigated by the Swedish Commission on Security and Integrity Protection, following the revelation of a database at Skåne police containing thousands of Swedish Roma. The commission says it has found other databases in the computer systems of other police forces around Sweden which could be illegal, news agency TT reports.

The commission says it has found cases where the reason for keeping the database has been far too vague, which could mean that the forces are breaking data protection laws. According to the law, the police have to have a specific purpose or reason for keeping a database detailing people's sexuality, religion or ethnicity.

They will now choose three police forces to investigate further together with the Data Inspection Board.

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