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Dagens Nyheter - Sweden | Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Sweden was too timid to question directive

Sweden was a key player on the data retention initiative under social democratic leadership, however the directive was only introduced in the country six years after it was first adopted, in 2012. Instead of delaying implementation Sweden should have filed a complaint against the directive, but the government didn't do so because didn't want to hurt its image, the liberals daily Dagens Nyheter suspects: "If the [current conservative] government - apparently for good reasons - is opposed to data retention, why did Sweden not demand an examination of the directive from the ECJ? Certainly political considerations played a role. How would it have looked if Sweden, as the driving force behind the directive, had demanded a revision later on? Well, at least you can say it wouldn't have looked bad. It would have shown it can put questions of content over questions of prestige."

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