The Swedish Data Protection Authority is a public authority with about 40 employees, the majority of whom are lawyers.
The DPA's task is to protect the individual's privacy in the information society without unnecessarily preventing or complicating the use of new technology. The DPA supervises that authorities, companies, organizations and individuals follow:
- the Personal Data Act (1998),
- the Data Act (1973),
- the Debt Recovery Act (1974),
- and the Credit Information Act (1973).
The DPA works to prevent encroachment upon privacy through information and by issuing directives and codes of statutes. The DPA also handles complaints and carries out inspections. By examining government bills the DPA ensures that new laws and ordinances protect personal data in an adequate manner.
Kristina Svahn Starrsjö
The Swedish Data Protection Authority
Tel +46 8 657 61 00