Several government inquiries have previously indicated inadequate accessibility to register data at Statistics Sweden. The Swedish NAO notes in its audit that the problems remain.
The main task of Statistics Sweden is to develop, compile and disseminate national statistics. Statistics Sweden is to undertake assignments for other agencies and applicants, to the extent resources allow, and in that context give priority to assignments concerning official statistics. One of these assignments is to make register data available for research and statistical purposes. Good access to Statistics Sweden’s register data is a requirement to enable researchers and agencies to describe and analyse social changes over time and in different groups.
Statistics Sweden plays a double role in making register data accessible. On the one hand the agency, via its contract activities, must contribute to the benefit that can be achieved through effective utilisation of register data, on the other it must protect the interests of individuals and secure future collection of data.
Statistics Sweden has been criticised for inadequate accessibility to its register data, both by government inquiries and by those applying for access to register data. In recent years Statistics Sweden has taken measures to improve accessibility. [...]
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