January 25, 2014

NO ONE CARES ABOUT PRIVACY:

THE LIGHTER SIDE OF SCANDI NOIR (Robert Butler, January 25th 2014, More Intelligent Life)

Someone asked, after the closing moments of the six episode, "Is it really that easy in Scandinavia to ring up directory enquiries and get the mobile number of a shipping magnate?" Someone else replied that it was. "It's amazing how much information on Swedish citizens is in the public domain. Phone numbers, addresses, cars". Another added, "You can find anything about anyone online. Every resident has a unique ID number."

There's the business about the front door, too. One comment said, "A Swedish colleague found it strange that people in the UK don't have their full names on the front door by the doorbell." Another added, "When I lived in Sweden someone (the caretaker?) put my name on the door the very same afternoon I moved into my flat."

And--judging from the stream of comments--this Scandinavian openness goes well beyond names, phone numbers, addresses, car registrations. "Not only is all that information available on the internet," someone else said, "but everyone's annual salaries in Sweden are also posted on the tax office website, linked to your personal number."


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