Sweden to criminalise identity theft, fraud
The government wants to criminalise the act of stealing someone's identity and the act of ordering goods or services in someone else's name
It is not illegal to steal someone's identity in Sweden today, and there is no law against using someone else's identity to commit fraud. Instead, prosecutors are forced to try swindlers who steal someone else's identity for fraud, which can sometimes be difficult to prove.
In 2014, roughly 67,000 people reported that they had had their identities stolen or that someone had ordered goods using their name or personal information. Justice Minister Morgan Johansson tells Swedish Radio News that it is about time that they fill the gap in the legislation.
"This has been a growing problem, and our legal system has not kept up with the development. People who do these things should know that this is illegal and something that you can be tried and convicted for," Johansson says.
If passed, the law, which would also criminalise the act of using someone else's identity to post things online that could harm someone's reputation, could come into effect on July 1 this year.
The draft law was commissioned by the previous centre-right government in 2013. The US has had a similar law since 1998.