There’s starting to be a bit of a flurry here in Sweden with the upcoming new Regulation.

One of the communications I received last week was concerning the fact that here in Sweden our personal data, including our ID is considered public information. This will not be the case once the Regulation comes into effect. What I find funny (you know the funny, not-so-funny British humour ;-)) is that those I talk to here think this is new in the Regulation, but it’s not. It is included in the Directive of today, just not implemented as law here in Sweden.

This is going to require significant work to get compliance in Sweden, especially the way our personal data is sold with the use of ‘utgivningsbevis’ without the consent of the data subject. In fact it is impossible for data subjects in Sweden to remove their personal data from public viewing!

Hurry up new Regulation so I can get my personal data removed from ratsit.se, birthdays.se and hitta.se… just to name a few!

I am being continually amazed by the lack of respect there is here in Sweden for personal data. I have written so much on this subject already. However I came across this article a couple of weeks ago concerning Ratsit (who are one of those companies that have an ‘utgivningsbevis’ which means they can use our personal data and make it public to make money). Well they have been so kind as to remove from their search results names of vulnerable women living in shelters, and other categories of individuals that should be protected!

Thank you for being so considerate Ratsit…… now would you be so kind as to remove my name too…..

It seems that many of the utgivningsbevis that were granted in 2004 are due to expire this year in 2014, and in 2014 it is still legal in Sweden for those holding this exemption certificate can share your personal information, if you are a Swedish resident, or/and Swedish citizen….here is information on this.

So how many companies have been granted an utgivningsbevis, and have the right to publish your personal information public? Well 917 is what I found, and you have not a legal leg to stand on to get your personal information removed.

This includes ratsit.se and birthday.se. Here you can type in the name of the target and search, bingo! Happy hunting!

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