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Sweden: Tax Authority Publishes Guidelines for Income Tax on Bitcoin Mining, Suggests Prohibition of Bitcoin Use in Waste and Scrap Metal Transactions

(May 20, 2015) On April 24, 2015, just days before the May 4 tax filing deadline, Sweden’s Tax Authority published guidelines on how to declare income from Bitcoin mining. (Beskattning vid mining av bitcoin och andra virtuella valutor m.m. [Guidelines on the Taxation of Mining of Bitcoins and Other Virtual Currencies] (Apr. 24, 2015), Dnr […]

Sweden: District Court Declares Drone Use Does Not Constitute Camera Surveillance

(May 1, 2015) On April 13, 2015, the Administrative District Court of Malmö announced that using a drone to take pictures of an outdoor public garden is not camera surveillance that requires a prior permit. (Jaqueline Balcer Bednarska, Foto med drönare är inte kameraövervakning – domstol upphäver länsstyrelsens beslut, DAGENS JURIDIK (Apr. 14, 2015).) The […]

Sweden: Opposition Budget Passed, Government Announces Extraordinary Election

(Dec. 23, 2014) On December 3, 2014, the Swedish Parliament voted on 2015 budget legislation, adopting a budget proposed by an alliance of opposition parties. (Betänkande 2014/15:FiU1 Utgiftsramar och beräkning av statsinkomsterna, RIKSDAGEN (Dec. 3, 2014); Mari Forssblad, Anna H. Svensson, & Iva Horvatovic, Regeringskrisen: Detta händer nu, SVT.SE (updated Dec. 3, 2014).) Three budgets […]

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 […]

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 […]

Sweden: Groundbreaking Supreme Court Award for Unlawful Loss of Citizenship

(Apr. 30, 2014) On April 23, 2014, the Swedish Supreme Court rendered a groundbreaking verdict against the state, requiring it to pay SEK100,000 (about US$15,224) in damages to an individual who had been stripped of his Swedish citizenship in violation of the Constitution. (Högsta Domstolen [HD] [Supreme Court] 2014-04-23 T 5516-12, Högsta Domstolen website.) In […]

Sweden: Data Retention No Longer Required of Telecom Companies

(Apr. 24, 2014) Following the April 8, 2014, verdict of the Court of Justice of the European Union invalidating the European Data Retention Directive, the Swedish oversight authority Post-och Telestyrelsen (PTS) announced on April 10, 2014, that it will not take actions against operators that stop collecting data. (Press Release, Judgment in Joined Cases C-293/12 […]

Sweden: Citizenship of Son Not Enough to Prevent Deportation of Suspected Terrorist

(Mar. 6, 2014) On December 20, 2013, the Swedish Administrative Supreme Court denied an application for judicial review by a man threatened with deportation. (Säkerheten väger tyngre än svensk medborgares kärnrättigheter – terrormisttänkt utvisas [Security Heavier than a Swedish Citizen’s Core Rights – Terror Suspect to Be Deported], DAGENS JURIDIK (Jan. 30, 2014); Högsta Förvaltningsdomstolens […]

Sweden: New, More User Friendly, Arbitration Act to Be Discusssed

(Feb. 14, 2014) On February 6, 2014, the Swedish Minister of Justice Beatrice Ask published an Op-Ed on the future of arbitration in Sweden. (Beatrice Ask, Sverige måste vässa reglerna om skiljeförfarande och effectivisera klanderprocessen i domstol [Sweden Needs to Sharpen Its Rules on Arbitration and Make Protest Actions Before the Courts More Efficient], DAGENS […]