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Website Showing Icelanders’ Income Won’t Be Shut Down

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Website Showing Icelanders’ Income Won’t Be Shut Down

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An injunction against tekjur.is, a website that makes Icelanders’ income public, has been denied, RÚV reports. The injunction was filed by Ingvar Smári Birgisson, lawyer and chairman of Young Independents (the youth organisation of the Independence Party of Iceland), who called the website a violation of the privacy act and the handling of personal information.

Tekjur.is went online last Friday. It provides information on the wages of all adult individuals residing in Iceland for an initial monthly subscription fee of ISK 2,790 ($23/€20), lowered to ISK 790 ($7/€6) from the second month onward. The website was created “with the aim of promoting informed and honest discussion about the participation of taxpayers in the public sector,” tekjur.is states.

A statement from the District Court of Reykjavík reads that as the issue is already being considered by the appropriate authorities and a decision is forthcoming, it does not consider it appropriate to apply an injunction on the website. Ingvar Smári expressed disappointment in the decision, stating “in view of the fact that the magistrate accepts the violation of statutory rights to privacy, I of course consider it necessary to defend my rights in court.”

The Icelandic Data Protection Authority has received at least nine complaints from individuals about tekjur.is. Labour union representatives, however, have expressed support for the initiative. “This data brings out the inequality and injustice that thrives in Icelandic society and it is therefore extremely important that this website isn’t shut down,” stated Vilhjálmur Birgisson in a Facebook post.

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