From Iceland — Police Insist They Do Not Keep Records Of Political Opinions

Police Insist They Do Not Keep Records Of Political Opinions

Published November 5, 2014

Andie Sophia Fontaine
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Despite evidence to the contrary, the Commissioner of the Capital Area Police says the police do not keep a record of the political opinions of others.

Vísir reports that Commissioner Sigríður Björk Guðjónsdóttir met with the Constitutional and Supervisory Committee yesterday morning to discuss, amongst other things, a written report put together by former Chief Superintendant of the Police (and current Independence Party alternate MP) Geir Jón Þórisson entitled “Summary of the structure of the police with protests from 2008 to 2011.”

“The best that I know is that this is a special case,” Sigríður Björk told committee members. “I don’t know if there are more of such reports. At least I haven’t seen any.”

The report goes into detail about not only the movements and activities of protesters, but also their political opinions, including whether or not the police believed someone was an anarchist.

When asked directly if the police are keeping tabs on the political views of others, Sigríður Björk was categorically dismissive.

“No, I can confirm that this is not true,” she said. “We do not maintain a database of the opinions of other people, political beliefs or anything like that.”


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