In an opinion piece in Swedish broadsheet Svenska Dagbladet (SvD), Tele2 Sweden is calling on the government to set up an independent authority to protect data integrity. Writing on the eve of Data Protection Day, 28 January, Tele2 CEO Thomas Ekman and chief legal counsel Stefan Backman say responsibility for integrity is currently fragmented, according to the online edition.
Despite a 68 percent raise in mobile data traffic from the first half of 2012 to the first half of 2013, little has changed among public authorities to deal with the challenges involved in protecting privacy, said Ekman and Backman. The new body should look at mandatory referrals and initiatives by lawmakers, among other things. They said currently, operators have to answer both to post and telecoms regulator PTS and the data inspection office, which often have differing views.
In December, Swedish Radio's news service Ekot reported that national security police Sapo had been putting pressure on telecoms operators to provide direct access to customers' telephone and e-mail information, using a system called ITS27. Ekot cited in particular a meeting between Jon Karlung, the managing director of IP service provider Bahnhof, with Sapo. On 27 January, Karlung mentioned on Twitter that he was off to a meeting with the Swedish signals intelligence authority, FRA.
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