The Swedish Institute of Law and Internet

is a Swedish expert organisation working with privacy online, with special focus on protecting individuals from online abuse, threats and harassment. We try to accomplish this through three different approaches

In Swedish

OUR MISSION

1: We provide free legal counsel to victims of online abuse, treats and harassments. We help with the contact with the police and other public authorities as well as helping to apply for review of a withdrawn prosecution. In addition to this we also give free legal aid in cases of civil litigation (tort cases).
Read more here: https://www.theguardian.com/technology/2016/apr/12/online-abuse-how-harrassment-revenge-pornography-different-countries-deal-with-it

2: We try to raise awareness on what the right to privacy covers in online settings. ”The right to privacy” in this context means primarily the protection provided by substantial criminal and civil law. We hold lectures in schools, courts, companies, organisations and have several times been invited to the Parliament to talk on these issues. We have written a couple of accessible books on the subject ​http://www.adlibris.com/se/bok/nathat-rattigheter-och-mojligheter-9789176105191 .

We have also helped the Government to develop teaching materials for teenagers that are, as far as we know, widely used in schools.

We have also produced a series of podcasts for the Swedish Media Council in the context of a European campaign called the “No Hate Movement”. Previously we partook (and developed) a television series called the Troll Hunters (Trolljägarna). The show pretty much covered our work. More on this here: http://america.aljazeera.com/watch/shows/america-tonight/articles/2015/6/9/troll-hunter-confronts-swedens-anonymous-internet-haters.htmland https://www.technologyreview.com/s/533426/the-troll-hunters/

3: We do lobbying work. We are a politically independent organization and our agenda is not political in the narrow sense of the word – we have had good relations with most if not all political parties in Sweden – but we do seek to promote privacy within the legal system. Privacy, here, is understood as the right under art. 8 of the European Convention on Human Rights. This has been our most successful work so far. A new bill for legislation, which reflects a wish list we gave to the Swedish minister of justice, is currently reviewed.

In addition, we are trying out some other things. We are currently investigating how tort law can work as a deterrent against unlawful abuse. We are pushing to get the Supreme Court to try a case in which the institute has purchased a claim for compensation for non-pecuniary loss for defamation from a person. We have lost the case in the first two instances. If we win, victims can transfer their rights of claim to organizations such as us. This is not a very far-fetched idea; article 80 in the new General data protection regulation (GDPR) clearly states the data subjects right to to mandate a not-for-profit organisation to lodge the complaint on his or her behalf, to exercise the rights certain right.

If you have any further questions feel free to contact Ängla Eklund, angla.eklund@juridikinstitutet.se