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Sweden: Internet Service Provider Appeals Data Retention Obligation

(Nov. 7, 2014) On October 13, 2014, the Administrative District Court in Stockholm issued a ruling against telecommunications provider Tele2 Sverige AB, declaring that it must continue to collect and store data from its users as specified in the Swedish Data Retention Act. (Administrative District Court Stockholm, Case No. 14891-14 [in Swedish] (Oct. 13, 2014).) […]

Sweden: Enforcement Authority to Collect Bitcoins

(Oct. 23, 2014) On October 6, 2014, the Swedish Enforcement Authority staff announced, to Swedish media outlets, that it will start to investigate and seize Bitcoin holdings when collecting funds from indebted individuals. (Kronofogden ska leta Bitcoins hos skuldsatta [Swedish Enforcement Authority to Look for Bitcoins from Indebted Individuals], SVERIGES RADIO (Oct. 6, 2014).) The […]

Norway: Segway Ban Lifted

(Sept. 30, 2014) On July 1, 2014, the unlicensed use of the self-balancing personal transport device (selvbalanserende kjøretøy), commonly known as the Segway, became legal on the streets of Norway. The device has been prohibited in the country for years because of its ability to reach relatively high speeds (20km/h, about 12.4 mph) and therefore […]

Iceland: National Digital Currency Auroracoin Launched

(Aug. 12, 2014) On March 24, 2014 creators of Auroracoin launched a helicopter drop of Auroracoins; they were available to all Icelanders who wanted to claim them. The digital currency is a competitor of Bitcoin and meant to cater to Iceland, although it can be changed into Bitcoins. It acts as a gateway currency for […]

European Court of Human Rights; Finland: Court Rules on Change of Gender Issue

(Aug. 1, 2014) On July 16, 2014, the Grand Chamber of the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) ruled that a transgender Finnish woman had not been deprived of her right to private life and family life as guaranteed by article 8 of the Convention for the Protection of Human Rights and Fundamental Freedoms when […]

Iceland: Icelandic Bankers Jailed for Fraud

(July 30, 2014) In a decision issued by the Reykjavik district court on December 12, 2013, two bank directors were among the parties imprisoned for fraud in connection with the banking crisis of 2008. (Dómur: Héraðsdóms Reykjavíkur 12. desember 2013 í máli nr. S-127/2012 [Judgment: Reykjavík District Court December 12, 2013 in case no. S-127/2012], […]

Denmark: Recent Bank and Tax Statements on Bitcoin

(July 16, 2014) On March 18, 2014, the Danish Central Bank issued a statement declaring that Bitcoin is not a currency. The Bank went on to explain, “Bitcoin does not have any real trading value compared to gold and silver, and thus is more similar to glass beads.” (Press Release, Bitcoin er ikke penge, Danish […]

Sweden: Child in Protective Care Following Excessive Online Gaming

(July 16, 2014) On April 11, 2014, the District Administrative Court in Linköping, Sweden, granted a petition by the Socialnämnd (Social Welfare Committee) to take a 14 year-old youth into protective care based on his excessive gaming. (14-åring tvångsvårdas för datorspelande – “socialt nedbrytande situation,” DAGENS JURIDIK (Apr. 16, 2014).) The child had not attended […]

Norway: Begging to Become Illegal Again

(July 16, 2014) As of July 1, 2014, Norwegian municipalities have the right to make begging illegal. Members of the governing parties of the Stortinget (the country’s legislature) made a compromise with the Center Party (Senterpartiet) to acknowledge the right of self-governance of municipalities; specifically, their right to regulate begging locally. As part of the […]

Denmark: Kosher Slaughter Method Effectively Banned

(June 2, 2014) On February 17, 2014, new animal protection measures entered into force effectively banning kosher slaughter practices in Denmark. Unsedated slaughter has been illegal in Denmark for years, but there has been an exemption for religious slaughter, i.e. kosher and halal practices. That exemption has now been repealed, making kosher slaughter in principle […]