law limits freedom of speech
on the Internet
The 24th of October 1998 Sweden got a new law on personal data, "PUL", which is based on EU legislation. The law makes it illegal to give names public on the net, without the mentioned persons "unmistakable consent".
The law makes it illegal to critique people on home- and chatpages. The punishment: Up to two years in prison.
The law makes an exception for "journalistic purposes", but it has been unclear how to define journalism on the net. Similar legislation has been adopted in other EU-countries.
This site analyses, from a swedish point of view, the law and it´s consequences for freedom of speech on the net. But also how the law effects the citizens right of personal integrity.
It also gives an example on how Swedish communities have been affected. The Community Gällivare in the arctic part of Sweden has had a long fight with the Swedish Data inspection in the late 90ties on the right to publish protocols from municipal board meetings on the net. The problem: The protocols contained names of people.
Illustration: Martin Odell (c)
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In a English brochure
Martin Odell is a Swedish
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