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Police Release Confidential Information by Mistake

A police report on protests in Iceland 2008-2011 recently made public included names and other personal information by mistake. The information had been blackened out in the hard copy of the report in line with the law but could still be read under bright light.

The information had not been deleted from some versions of the electronic report released to the media. The police have apologized for the mistake and requested that the media return the printed version of the report, ruv.is reports.

The police in Iceland have been under fire lately because of submachine guns acquired from the Norwegian military (whether they were a gift or paid for is disputed) and news that the guns will be kept in police cars—general officers in Iceland have until now been unarmed.

The Icelandic Coast Guard, for which part of the guns were intended, maintains that the guns were a gift, which is in contradiction with a statement from a representative of the Norwegian army.

Spokesperson for the Norwegian army Bent-Ivan Myhre stressed in an interview with Norwegian newspaper Dagbladet that they will send a bill for the guns.

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