Much has happened since the Protective Security Act (1996:627) was introduced in Sweden more than 20 years ago. Physical assets have largely become digital, which has created a whole new set of threats. In order to strengthen Swedish protection and adapt it to today's challenges, the new Protective Security Act was introduced in April 2019.
Both public authorities and companies can be covered
The new security protection legislation applies if the activity is of importance to national security or has a special protection requirement related to terrorism. In addition to public authorities, which in many cases handle sensitive information, the rules may also apply to limited liability companies, commercial companies, foundations and associations over which the state, municipalities or county councils have a statutory controlling influence. The same applies to individuals who carry out activities that may be important for national security.