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Att utkräva ansvar: Inskränkningar i Offentlighets- och sekretesslagstiftningen utifrån accountability-begreppet och ett tekniskt perspektiv
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Arts, Department of ALM.
2015 (Swedish)Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (Two Years)), 20 credits / 30 HE creditsStudent thesisAlternative title
Accountability : Restrictions in The Public Access to Information and Secrecy Act based on the concept of accaountability and a technical perspective (English)
Abstract [en]

 The whole purpose of this essay is to see how the opportunities to demand accountability been affected by changes in the OSL. This is based on three questions. The first question is: How changes affect the OSL opportunities for accountability? The second question: to what extent, technical progress been a driving force for changes in the OSL and in what way? The third and final question is: What changes have sparked debate?

The essay initiate with a report that konstitutionsutskottet compiled, the report was called Översyn av ändringar i offentlighets- och sekretesslagstiftningen 1995-2012. In this report konstitutionsutskottet compiles the changes implemented since the OSL entered into legal force in 2009. 53 of these changes resulted in actual changes in the law, such as new paragraphs or additions to the regulations. I examined the respective committee report for these 53 amendments thereto, and have the committee reports constituted the main source material for the essay. The methodology used for the survey of the committee reports is the document analysis.

The results of the survey are that the strengthened secrecy to protect data relating to individuals becomes the expense of opportunities for accountability. In a fairly large extent, technological developments have meant that the need to revise and extend the protection for individuals and thereby also limit the opportunity for accountability. Technological developments have also been pushing for changes to the OSL .

Few of these amendments leads to debate in terms of OSL, therefore, does not question the notches of OSL in especially large extent when the real restriction is actually happening. Konstitutionsutskottets report, in the beginning of the essay, however, shows a clear concern with regard to the entirety of the amendments.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2015. , 62 p.
Uppsatser inom arkivvetenskap, ISSN 1651-6087 ; 142
Keyword [en]
Principle of public access to official records, Public Access to Information and Secrecy Act, accountability, technical progress, public documents, public sector, archive
Keyword [sv]
Offentlighetsprincipen, Offentlighets- och sekretesslagen, accountability, den tekniska utvecklingen, allmänna handlingar, offentlig sektor, arkiv
National Category
Cultural Studies Humanities
URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-266334Local ID: 142OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-266334DiVA: diva2:867891
Subject / course
Archival Science
Educational program
Master Programme in ALM
Available from: 2015-11-11 Created: 2015-11-07 Last updated: 2015-11-11Bibliographically approved

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