Government agencies are cashing in by selling personal information to advertising firms without Swedish citizens even knowing about it.
The Dagens Nyheter newspaper suggested the Transport Agency (Transportstyrelsen) was making as much as 30 million kronor ($4.5 million) a year as a result of the process. Both the National Tax Agency (Skatteverket) and the national board of student aid (CSN) are also sharing private details for a fee, the paper revealed.
“We have a mandate from the government to sell the data,” said Kjell-Åke Sjödin of the Transport Agency’s register.
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