The government’s bill on Statistics Iceland, authorizing the institution to obtain information on all mortgages, debt procedures and loans held by all adults in Iceland, was passed with 33 votes against 13 at Alþingi, the Icelandic parliament, yesterday. Five abstained.
Alþingi. Photo: Páll Kjartansson/Iceland Review.
The opposition criticized the bill for violating the individual’s right to privacy, Fréttablaðið reports.
The opposition had suggested amendments to the bill but Prime Minister Sigmundur Davíð Gunnlaugsson rejected the opposition’s offer of assistance, stating it is part of the opposition’s policy to be against everything suggested by the new government.