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Bahnhof risks fine for not storing data

Published tisdag 28 oktober 2014 kl 09.48
Jon Karlung of Bahnhof. Photo: Gunnar Lundmark / SvD / SCANPIX

The Swedish Post and Telecom Authority is threatening to fine the Internet Service Provider Bahnhof SEK 5 million if the company doesn’t resume storing traffic information about its customers for use by the police.

Bahnhof stopped storing the data after a ruling by the European Court of Justice earlier this year setting aside the EU’s directive on data storage. But following that ruling a Swedish court said the previous Swedish rules, which had implemented the EU directive, would nevertheless remain in effect.

Bahnhof’s CEO Jon Karlung tells the TT news agency they will immediately appeal the decision from the authority. He says the decision to impose the fine was expected but the appeal might not be: “I think they are rather uncomfortable that we are pushing this campaign so hard”.

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