Letter of the law
Published: Friday 2003-12-12.
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
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
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)
journalistic purposes or artistic or literary creation.
is definitely influencing the public opinion, so perhaps I should move the
pages over to a server i Norway to be safe.