April 6, 2011 / 3:16 PM / in 7 years

EU exec wants Sweden fined over telecom data law

BRUSSELS, April 6 (Reuters) - The European Commission said on Wednesday it was asking the EU’s top court to fine Sweden for failing to roll out rules forcing telecoms operators to store information on their customers’ phone calls and internet usage.

The EU regulations, designed to help police gather evidence, should have been adopted by member states more than three years ago.

Sweden had not changed its laws to meet the EU directive and recently postponed a vote on the legislation for another 12 months, the Commission said in a statement on Wednesday.

The Commission said it was asking the European Court of Justice to fine Sweden 40,947 euros ($58,430) per day until the infringement ended.

It also asked for a penalty of 9,597 euros per day for the period between a ruling from the court last year telling Sweden to make the change and any new court order.

“Sweden’s failure to (put the directive into law) is likely to have a negative effect on the internal market for electronic communications and on the ability of police and justice authorities to detect, investigate and prosecute serious crime,” the Commission said. (Reporting by Rex Merrifield, editing by John O‘Donnell and Andrew Heavens)

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