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Human rights in Iceland are amazing,

Iceland has championed itself as being a beacon of net neutrality and online privacy for both its citizens and any organizations who take up business domicile in the country. Of note was a 2015 parliamentary resolution on Equal Access to the Internet which re-defines “data service providers” as “common carriers”, which is believed to be in the spirit of Net Neutrality, whereby access to the Internet is part of all Icelandic citizens’ civil rights, and which are said to reflect the reality of 21st century communication and civil interaction[1]. The key legislation on data privacy in Iceland is the Data Protection Act, which is said to be very protective of Icelandic citizens’ online privacy[2]. The Icelandic Data Protection Authority is responsible for the enforcement of the Act[3].

However, having said that, Iceland did pass the Electronic Communications Act 81/2003 which implemented data retention requirements. This was claimed to be mandated by Iceland’s inclusion in the European Economic Area (EEA). The Icelandic data retention law applies to telecommunication providers and mandates the retention of records for six months. It does stipulate that companies may only deliver information on telecommunications in criminal cases or on matters of public safety, and that such information may not be given to anyone other than the police or the public prosecution[4]. Nevertheless, this data retention legislation could be considered unbecoming of a country like Iceland. However, the government does not place any restrictions on anonymous communication and it is interesting to note that no registration is required when purchasing a SIM card in Iceland, unlike many other countries worldwide.

Iceland is generally considered to be one of the leading countries in the world in regard to the human rights enjoyed by its citizens. Human rights are guaranteed by Sections VI and VII of Iceland’s Constitution. Since 1989, a post of Ombudsman exists. Elections are free and fair, security forces report to civilian authorities, there is no state violence, and human-rights groups are allowed to operate without restriction. Religious freedom is guaranteed, and discrimination based on race, gender, disability, language, or other factors is illegal.

The General Committee of the Icelandic Parliament, the Althingi, is responsible for the legislative oversight of human rights, and a special ombudsman monitors human rights in the country and reports to the government on violations of human-rights law.[

In a 2012 interview, a member of the UN Human Rights Committee singled out two principal human-rights problems in Iceland: “inequality between women and men…especially in the labour market” and the “sexual abuse of children.

These are reasons SatireHub has moved to Iceland!

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