Swedish Government On Verge Of Collapse After Admitting 'Accidental Leak' Of Entire Nation's Info
The leak allowed unvetted IT workers in other countries to see the details of people registered in Swedish government and police databases.
It happened after the government looked to outsource data held by the Transport Agency, but did so in a way that allowed that information to be available to almost anyone, critics have claimed.
"This is a disaster," Swedish PM Lofven said. "This has exposed Sweden and Swedish citizens to risks."
The minority government has said that contract process – won by IBM Sweden – was speeded up,bypassing some laws and internal procedures in a manner that may have led to people abroad, handling servers with sensitive materials.
Lofven said Anna Johansson, minister of infrastructure and responsible for the Transport Agency, had not passed information on to him.
Johansson on Sunday in turn blamed one of her former state secretaries for not informing her about the scandal.
"I wish I had been informed earlier," Lofven said while adding he had no plans to fire any ministers. "I have full confidence in them (ministers) until I say otherwise."
"It is obvious (they) have neglected their responsibility. They have not taken action to protect Sweden's safety", Centre party leader Annie Loof told a news conference.
"There are only two alternatives, either a new election or he himself (Lofven) resigns," Sweden Democrats leader Jimmie Akesson said.
"It feels like it's possible, yes," Anna Kinberg Batra, leader of the Moderates said.