Data protection and privacy—Sweden—Q&A guide

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  • Data protection and privacy—Sweden—Q&A guide
  • 1. Summarise the legislative framework for the protection of personally identifiable information (PII). Does your jurisdiction have a dedicated data protection law? Is the data protection law in your jurisdiction based on any international instruments on privacy or data protection?
  • 2. Which authority is responsible for overseeing the data protection law? Describe the investigative powers of the authority.
  • 3. Are there legal obligations on the data protection authority to cooperate with other data protection authorities, or is there a mechanism to resolve different approaches?
  • 4. Can breaches of data protection law lead to administrative sanctions or orders, or criminal penalties? How would such breaches be handled?
  • 5. Does the data protection law cover all sectors and types of organisation or are some areas of activity outside its scope?
  • 6. Does the data protection law cover interception of communications, electronic marketing or monitoring and surveillance of individuals? If not, list other relevant laws in this regard.
  • 7. Identify any further laws or regulations that provide specific data protection rules for related areas.
  • 8. What forms of PII are covered by the law?
  • 9. Is the reach of the law limited to PII owners and processors of PII established or operating in the jurisdiction?
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Data protection and privacy—Sweden—Q&A guide

This Practice Note contains a jurisdiction-specific Q&A guide to data protection and privacy in Sweden published as part of the Lexology Getting the Deal Through series by Law Business Research (published: May 2020).

Authors: Wesslau Söderqvist Advokatbyrå—Henrik Nilsson

1. Summarise the legislative framework for the protection of personally identifiable information (PII). Does your jurisdiction have a dedicated data protection law? Is the data protection law in your jurisdiction based on any international instruments on privacy or data protection?

The primary constitutional law, the Instrument of Government (1974:152), contains a guarantee that everyone shall be protected in their relations with government institutions against significant invasions of their personal privacy, if these occur without their consent and involve the surveillance or systematic monitoring of the individual’s personal circumstances.

The central legislation for the protection of PII since 25 May 2018 is the Regulation (EU) 2016/679 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 27 April 2016 on the protection of natural persons with regard to the processing of personal data and on the free movement of such data, and repealing Directive 95/46/EC (the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR)). On the same date, the Act (2018:218) with supplementary provisions to the EU Data Protection Regulation (the Data Protection Act (DPA)), supplemented by Ordinance (2018:219) (Data Protection Ordinance), came into force. There are no published translations

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