STOCKHOLM (Reuters) – Swedish Pm Stefan Lofven said on Monday his country and its citizens were in contact with risks by potential leaks of sensitive material from an IT-contract that a person official said ended up rushed.
Lofven told a news conference he regretted he previously had not been informed earlier around the issue, which is a result of the outsourcing of IT-services for any Swedish Transport Agency to IBM (NYSE:IBM) Sweden in 2019.
The contract process was led to, Jonas Bjelfvenstam, the latest head from the Transport Agency, said within the same news conference, bypassing some laws and internal procedures,
That contributed to people abroad, without proper security clearance, handling servers with sensitive materials, he stated.
IBM Sweden declined to comment, saying it never discussed client issues publicly.
Most vehicles on land, air and sea in Sweden are registered while using the agency, and whistleblowers have raised concerns that info about vehicles utilized by the military plus the police could possibly have have been from the wrong hands.
"This can be a disaster," Lofven said. "It is exposed Sweden and Swedish citizens to risks."
He said the costa rica government had initiated a search into what had happened and vowed to tighten laws to handle of sensitive material.
The armed forces said the specific situation can be contained and that all registration of important military vehicles are addressed by the army and just weren’t affected. The safety police said your situation was serious but manageable.
The transport agency said it didn’t have any indications sensitive material had actually wound up during the wrong hands.
However, the scandal has raised concerns what is handled while in the government. The security police informed the Justice Ministry in late 2019 but Lofven said he only heard about it early in 2010.
Lofven said Anna Johansson, minister of infrastructure and accountable for the Transport Agency, we hadn’t passed home elevators to him. Johansson on Sunday in return blamed one of her former state secretaries as a result of informing her regarding the scandal.
"If only I used to be informed earlier," Lofven said while adding he had no intends to fire any ministers. "Concerning full confidence in that person (ministers) until I believe otherwise."
The scandal has sparked a heated debate in Sweden and a few opposition parties have said they don't exclude calling a vote of no-confidence against three ministers inside the government Johansson, Interior Minister Anders Ygeman, and Justice Minister Morgan Johansson.
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