Legal issues regarding the web
The responsible publisher for central websites is the Director of Communications. Responsibility for content is delegated in accordance with KI's delegation procedure.
Copyright for KI's websites
All websites marked with Karolinska Institutet's emblem and a © symbol are protected by copyright. The copyright protection also covers images and graphical elements. Where academic articles, theses and research projects listed in databases are concerned, the respective author owns the copyright.
Public documents on the web
It is normally copies of public documents and other information which are presented on the website. But if the document is only available on the website, it may be the original copy of the public document. Consider then that it must not be removed without the issue of archiving being first resolved. For websites containing important information as original documents, an archiving procedure must be established.
The principle of public access to official documents does not mean that it is necessary to put up public documents or other information on the web. However, websites may be appropriate for documents that an authority wishes to show to the public, such as forms and general information. In KI's case, this can apply to information about research, information for students and employees, and to the provision of forms.
All pages published on ki.se are sent as mandatory delivery of electronic material, so-called e-duty, to the Royal Library.
The Personal Data Act
The Personal Data Act (PUL) stipulates that data may only be processed for express and pre-determined purposes. It is therefore as a rule not permitted to publish personal registers online.
As publishing on the internet involves the information becoming accessible throughout the world, it is important to be careful and always conduct a balancing of interest: Does the interest in publishing the information outweigh the registered person's interest in the protection of their privacy? It is also important that the publishing does not contravene the purpose that the information was gathered for. Information in KI's electronic personnel catalogue can be published online, as the personnel catalogue contains only 'harmless' information, i.e., details such as name, workplace and work telephone number.
The Electronic Communications Act, the Cookies Act
The Act on Responsibility for Electronic Bulletin Boards
For the electronic mediation of messages, special provisions concerning information on identities, prohibitions against certain criminal appropriations, etc. apply. The act is secondary to services protected by the Freedom of the Press Act and the Fundamental Law on Freedom of Expression.