Supreme Court Declares the EU Data Directive Unconstitutional
The Swedish Supreme Court has in a decision on the 12 June, 2001,
decided that the EU data directive is partially unconstitutional. In particular,
the court says that the act cannot be used to stop serious debate on the Internet.
The BBS requires
Internet service providers to check for, and remove, illegal items on their sites.
The Data Act, if interpreted literally, would forbid
almost every Web page which contains the name of any person. The Personal Information
Act closely mirrors an EU
, so other EU countries may have similar conflicts with freedom of speech. The
intensive public debate on this law may
change the way the law is applied
. Adherence to the law is controlled by the Data
representative system for electronic democracy
The representative system combines direct democracy with representative
democracy, giving the best of both systems.
Documents on Swedish legislation in the FindLaw data
Internet law in other countries.
to Regulate the Internet
Successes and failures of the Swedish government.
The Swedish Social Security
A short overview of the issue and debate regarding the social
security number in Sweden.
Petition for a software patent free Europe
is Right and Wrong
A discussion about whether computers can decide what is
right and wrong.
and order on the Internet
Overview of the general principles of ethics and legal
regulation of e-mail.
What methods should be used, and what police methods
should be allowed, in combatting computer crime?
on the Internet
Uses and abuse of anonymity on the Internet. What should be protected, what should
not be allowed?
More information in Swedish