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Reflections from a Swede in Norway.

Here you will find my small graffiti board where I write about things I come to think about.

In my blog, I write about the general unfairness of life, about spam mail, vintage computers, board games, Norwegians, current and not-so-current affairs, technology and whatever else occurs to me — in other words, a glorious mess. All opinion expressed here are of course my own, and all similarities with any living people is of course intentional.

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Letter of the law

Published: Friday 2003-12-12.

The Swedish law for personal information, §5, my translation:
This law covers such handling of personal information that in whole or in part is automated. These web pages are not, I write them entirely by hand. The law also covers other handling of personal information, if the information is part of, or is intended to be part of, a structured collection of personal information which is available for searching or compiling according to specific criteria. That isn’t likely to cover my page either, it is neither searchable or very structured when it comes to any possible personal information. This would mean that the page instead would fall under the jurisdiction of TF and not PUL.

However, it is interesting to note that in the corresponding Norwegian personal information law, which is almost word-by-word identical to PUL (they are based on the same EU directive), the journalistic exception (§7) is clarified with herunder opinionsdannende [formål] (hereunder purposes of influencing public opinion), whereas the Swedish text (§7) only says journalistic purposes or artistic or literary creation. My spammer list is definitely influencing the public opinion, so perhaps I should move the pages over to a server i Norway to be safe.

Update 2003-12-15: From what I can tell, since I live in Norway, Norwegian law, through the EEA, is the one that applies to these pages.

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