Legal issues regarding the web

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Responsible publisher

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.

Archive and Registry at KI


All pages published on 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

Karolinska Institutet uses cookies. In accordance with the Electronic Communications Act, anyone visiting a website which uses cookies must have access to information stating that the website contains cookies and what the use of cookies pertains to. The visitor must also consent to the use of cookies.

The information in a cookie can be used to follow a person's surfing activities. KI's external website contains information about how we use cookies.

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.

The Act on Responsibility for Electronic Bulletin Boards

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