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Swedish police, service providers on collision course over direct access to user data

Mikael Ricknäs | Nov. 21, 2013
The Swedish Security Service wants to automate the data retrieval process

"The law specifies that operators have a responsibility to check a number of things, including the recipient and the decision behind the request, and that could make it difficult to automate," said Staffan Lindmark, a lawyer at PTS.

On a European level, the implementation of the data retention directive is out of control, according to Joe McNamee, executive director at European digital rights group EDRi.

"The problem we have is that the European Commission is quite happy to take action against member states if they haven't implemented the directive, but any amount of over-implementation and lack of safe guards present no problem at all for the commission," he said.

 

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