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This is the letter from the Swedish Data Inspection Board. They were kind enough to reply in English 🙂

The Swedish Data Inspection Board has received your complaint.

The Swedish Data Inspection Board is supervisory authority according to the Personal Data Act (1998:204). There is a possibility for websites to apply for impediment to publication (utgivningsbevis). If a website is granted impediment to publication (e.g. ratsit.se) the website will be protected according to constitutional law. That means that the Personal Data Act is not applicable on information that is posted at such websites.

The Swedish Data Inspection Board is therefore unable to help you in this matter. It is legal for ratsit.se to publish your personal information. Ratsit.se is not obliged to remove your information.

For more information about utgivningsbevis, see The Swedish Broadcasting Authority’s website: http://www.radioochtv.se/en/Licensing/Internet/.

The Swedish Data Inspection Board notes with regularity the problems with utgivningsbevis to the Ministry of Justice. You can read more about it here:
http://www.datainspektionen.se/press/nyheter/2009/yttrandefrihetskommitten-underskattar-problemen-med-utgivningsbevis/
http://www.datainspektionen.se/press/nyheter/2011/utvidgad-yttrandefrihet-kraver-forstarkt-integritetsskydd/
http://www.datainspektionen.se/press/nyheter/2014/datainspektionen-kan-inte-ingripa-mot-sajt-som-hanger-ut-domda/

Are there any Swedish lawyers out there that can help me fix this?

Reblog from post in 2009. Very relevant to the Tracey series.

Virtual Shadows

I was surprised when taking a coffee with one of my colleagues in the office. She received an SMS thanks from another of our colleagues her for the birthday greeting. When I asked her, how did she know, she said she found it online at http://www.birthday.se/kontakta-oss/Default.aspx. She then told me when my birthday was and even a map to where I lived (although they did get this wrong). Nevertheless surprise became horror. I had already removed my details from www.hitta.se only to find myself at another site. So I checked with a previous colleague of mine (Martin Da Fonseca) that studied security law in Sweden if this was in fact legal? And this was his response.

“It is legal. The service provided by Upplysning.se is regulated in Kreditupplysningslagen (credit information legislation) (1973:1173).

I believe the service provided by birthday.se is using (or exploiting) the fact that this information is…

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Hopping mad you should be if you are a Swedish resident, after taking a visit here http://www.ratsit.se, and search for your name. This is against the Data Protection directive, of which Personuppgiftslagen (PUL) is the legal enactment of. I am so bored of asking to have my name removed, only for it to pop up again later, and now I see that it is impossible to remove your personal identifying information (PII) (http://www.ratsit.se/Content/FaqSearch.aspx)… it is PUBLIC for all to see forever! What a smorgasbord for identity thieves!

I can see how old you are, where you live and the first 6 digits of 10 digits from your Swedish ID!

It seems to be that the Kreditupplysningslagen (KuL) has priority over PuL. In PuL you have a right to personal privacy. You should be informed who has had access, or even viewed your personal information. Now KuL does inform you when a request is made for your creditworthiness, but it doesn’t tell you about who has viewed your Personal Identifying Information (PII) through http://www.ratsit.se who they share your PII with, for example. Your PII includes your date of birth, where you live, etc…

Identity Theft
I am going to make an official compliant to the Datainspektion. If you are interested to add yourself to a petition to support me in this, please Like this Post here on the blog direct, or on LinkedIn or FB status update, wherever you happen to pick this up.