Susanna Norelid and Marcus Appeltofft look at the impact of cyber-attacks in Sweden
The Covid-19 (cyber) pandemic
The Covid-19 pandemic has, among other things, brought about a significant increase in data breaches worldwide. Sweden has been no exception. Following the global trend, Swedish organisations have experienced a surge of cyber-attacks in the wake of the pandemic. The increase in cyber-attacks has intersected with an EU-wide harmonisation effort, which includes the Swedish Privacy Protection Authority that aims to change the manner in which the European DPAs investigate and manage GDPR-related complaints. As a consequence, this will likely exacerbate the business risks involved with the processing of personal data. When it comes to data breaches, it is a question of when, rather than if, one will occur.