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Sweden: Electronic Communications Act comes into force

The Post and Telecom Authority ('PTS') announced, on 2 June 2022, that a new Electronic Communications Act (SFS 2022:482) ('the Act') would enter into force on 3 June 2022. In particular, the PTS highlighted that the Act now covers services that enable communication between people without the use of numbers, such as emails, messaging services, and group chats. Hence, the PTS noted that the suppliers of these services must follow certain rules, mainly in security and information to end users. In addition, the PTS stated that the Act places a continuing great responsibility on providers of networks and services to manage risks that threaten security. Furthermore, the PTS outlined that the providers are obliged to report incidents to the PTS. Moreover, the PTS noted that it has also drawn up new regulations which will specify what is to be achieved. Lastly, the PTS stated that the Act means that in some cases PTS must decide on a penalty fee when persons have violated the Act, noting that penalty fees may be considered in case of violation of certain rules relating to security and information to end users.

You can read the press release here, the Act here, and the regulations here, all only available in Swedish.