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Swedish Regulator Orders Last "Hold-Out" ISP To Retain Customer Data 43

An anonymous reader writes Despite the death of the EU Data Retention Directive in April, and despite the country having taken six years to even begin to obey the ruling, the Swedish government, via its telecoms regulator, has forced ISPs to continue retaining customer data for law enforcement purposes. Now the last ISP retrenching on the issue has been told that it must comply with the edict or face a fine of five million krona ($680,000).

While providers all over Europe have rejoiced in not being obliged any longer to provide infrastructure to retain six months of data per customer, Sweden and the United Kingdom alone have insisted on retaining the ruling — particularly surprising in the case of Sweden, since it took six years to begin adhering to the Data Retention Directive after it was made law in 2006. Britain's Data Retention and Investigatory Powers bill, rushed through in July, actually widens the scope of the original EU order.
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Swedish Regulator Orders Last "Hold-Out" ISP To Retain Customer Data

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  • by Anonymous Coward on Friday October 31, 2014 @04:11AM (#48276239)

    The Netherlands also has yet to reply to the court ruling which found data retention violates the ECHR

  • Funny combination.

    Biggest ass-lickers of the United States.

    (I'm from Sweden and UK of course is little US.)

    • by Thanshin ( 1188877 ) on Friday October 31, 2014 @04:31AM (#48276313)

      Well, for the UK it's normal. They are both in the Coalition of the United, together with the United Arab Emirates.

      The Swedes' alliance, otoh, makes no sense. Why would you ally to a country with uglier women? Or, in the case of Sweden, why would you ally to anyone*?

      *: well, maybe they could lower the bar a tiny bit to let Ukraine in.

      [Disclaimer: This post, combining a bad joke, an off-topic comment and some trolling, should replace all my posts for the day. I have a lot of work and had to optimize my daily Slashdot contribution.]

      • by Anonymous Coward

        The Swedes' alliance, otoh, makes no sense.

        Well, applying Occam's razor is tricky when there isn't any transparency on the matter. Without an official version every plausible suggestion will have to be a conspiracy theory. [gnome.org]

        The two possible versions I can think of would either be that the Swedish government are allied with the US behind the peoples back and secretly does the bidding of the US where they in return are supposed to get protection from Russia. (Sweden is supposed to be neutral so officially being allied would be a big nope.)

        The other vers

        • by Anonymous Coward

          ... and why Sweden so desperatly wants to get hold of Julian Assange?

        • by aliquis ( 678370 )

          .. and in the case of Assange why they continue and for whatever reason can't simply question him in the UK.

          As for the defense wouldn't it just be easier if we joined NATO to get that effect?

          What I've heard before is that (I think) US got to have nuclear subs west (?) of Sweden in return for developing the JA-37 Viggen which supposedly was beneficial because they got cover by the Swedish air force.

          And the other one actually also end up being an air force one because that one is about our nuclear weapons pro

    • Wag the dog.

      The UK is The Brain

      The US is Pinky

      Sweden is just following the strong nationalism trending all over Europe these days.

      • by aliquis ( 678370 )

        Sweden is just following the strong nationalism trending all over Europe these days.

        I would rather say it's still not listening.

        We take in 20% of the immigrants with less than 2% of the EU population.

        Anyone from Syria get to stay. Which lead to Sweden accepting 100+ times more Syrians than Finland.

        In August the number of expected asylum seekers was raised to 100 000 which would had been 3.37 times more than three years ago.

        Supposedly Sweden would accept more immigrants than the US.

        There's a general ignorance and hate against people not supporting that agenda and voting against it (even tho

        • :-) Thank you for confirming my point... The whole continent is headed that direction. We should just roll back the calendar about 85 years...

          • by aliquis ( 678370 )

            The problem is just that people in general totally not at all dig their nation and culture.

            If they did why would one take in so many immigrants?

            I do realize other nations may do that to a less extent than Sweden.

            Sweden take in most in EU. More than Germany (who have like 82 million people rather than 9.67.)

            75 years ago there was 1% foreign born in Sweden. Now it's 16-17% which is more than in the US. Around/over 27% of the Swedes have got at least one foreign born parent.

            • Maybe you don't realize it, but you are using a bunch of statistical mumbo-jumbo in an attempt to justify your call for racial/national purity. I ain't interested. Like I said, this is the decline the continent is going through right now, and you are providing a perfect example. Go work that crap on another corner. Everything you post here is only digging you into a deeper hole.

              • by aliquis ( 678370 )

                Except I argue the opposite is what's really happening.

                The nationalistic forces are small whereas immigration and multiculturalism is what is actually happening not the opposite.

  • SpyBlock (Score:5, Insightful)

    by AmiMoJo ( 196126 ) * <mojo@worl d 3 . net> on Friday October 31, 2014 @04:37AM (#48276341) Homepage

    Using a VPN to block spying is becoming just as necessary as using AdBlock to block advertising these days.

    • You can just avoid electronic communications to tell your secrets.
    • by AHuxley ( 892839 )
      Yes as with the news about Australia over the past few days. A tax to pay to store logs.
      VPN use will drop all internet data into another country. All that is stored is years of logs to one ip range :)
    • Worse than that. You need two VPNs, in two countries that can't stand the smell of each other, with one of them being a country that doesn't wanna play nice with the US, just to ensure they don't "help" each other...

  • Sweden has to. (Score:4, Informative)

    by miffo.swe ( 547642 ) <daniel.hedblom@g m a i l .com> on Friday October 31, 2014 @06:18AM (#48276641) Homepage Journal

    Sweden has an agreement with the US to provide these logs in full. Totally against Swedish law and against every privacy law in the EU. No sane company should have any data what so ever in Swedish servers or companies.

  • The ISPs should charge an extra amount explicitly on their bills to account for the cost of storage and administering all data requests under it. The data should of course be stored off line - a write only tape store would appear to be the obvious solution. Locating the store in another country with strict regulations about privacy would force any requests for information to go to the courts of THAT country... Here's hoping!
  • Why shouldn't ISP's appeal to EU Court of Justice or European Court of Human Rights?
    CJEU stated that the directive "interferes in a particularly serious manner with the fundamental rights to respect for private life and to the protection of personal data".
    One could understand that any similar local laws or practices should be void/illegal in the EU, and in violation of European Convention on Human Rights.

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