In an investigation by the Swedish National Audit Office, Swedish authorities were urged to buy more of their IT externally.
The Reinfeldt government shared the National Audit Office's assessment and stated that "it is desirable that a larger part of the authorities' IT needs are met with the help of outsourcing".
The authority estimated that the state's IT costs amounted to between SEK 20 and 25 billion per year, and that the costs could be reduced with outsourcing.
Swedish Transport Agency decides to outsource the operation of, among other things, the vehicle and driving license register to IBM.
This was described as one of the largest outsourcing deals regarding a Swedish authority and was worth between SEK 700 and 800 million.
The contract covers over 1,000 servers, data centers and support.
The Swedish Transport Agency's database contains information on all vehicles throughout Sweden, including police and military vehicles in the register.
Here is also the personal information of all driving license holders.
Director General Maria Ågren decides to deviate from laws that would protect sensitive information: the Security Protection Act, the Personal Data Act and the Public Access and Secrecy Act, as well as the authority's own requirements for information security.
This despite the fact that the internal auditor questioned the decision.
June 2015: The
security police make a check on the transfer of IT operations.
IBM had decided to relocate operations to Eastern Europe, including the Czech Republic and Serbia.
Foreign contractors have now gained access to Swedish, confidential information.
Säpo wants to see an immediate stop to outsourcing.
January 2016: The
process continues despite Säpo's recommendations and now a preliminary investigation into negligence is being launched with secret information.
Stefan Löfven is reported to KU after the Swedish Transport Agency.
Maria Ågren, Director General of the Swedish Transport Agency, resigns with immediate effect.
The reason was stated to be a disagreement between her and the government.
But then Ågren had already been notified of suspicion of crime.
: It becomes known that Maria Ågren was secretly investigated for having disclosed classified information.
According to the National Unit for Security Objectives, the information can be detrimental to national security.
She is sentenced to pay a daily fine of SEK 70,000.
Among other things, the entire Swedish database of driving license photos has been available to several technicians in the Czech Republic, who have not been security tested.
This means that neither Säpo nor the Swedish Transport Agency had control over which persons handled the information that could be said to harm national security.
On the same day, Prime Minister Stefan Löfven confirms that the suspicions against Maria Ågren already existed in January when she left her job with immediate effect.
In her role as Director General, Maria Ågren is stated to have signed a decision to deviate from current legislation and the Swedish Transport Agency's guidelines for access to systems and servers.
New scandals in the IT business.
It then becomes known that the chairman of the Swedish Transport Agency, Rolf Annerberg, also knew about the offenses.
Despite this, he took no action.
SVT Nyheter reveals that the government did not inform the Foreign Affairs Committee about the IT scandal.
The body that the government must keep informed of foreign policy conditions.
Prime Minister Stefan Löfven (S) and Minister of Infrastructure Anna Johansson (S) have KU-reported after SVT Nyheter's revelations about the Swedish Transport Agency's IT deal.
The Swedish Transport Agency's chairman of the board, Rolf Annerberg, does not want to comment on the new information.
Officials at the Ministry of Trade and Industry received information about the Swedish Transport Agency's IT scandal a year ago, but according to Minister of Infrastructure Anna Johansson (S), she herself was not informed.
The Swedish Transport Agency's chairman Rolf Annerberg has stated that the agency's board was informed that the agency has violated the law.
Something that several board members deny to SVT Nyheter.
Rolf Annerberg has now asked to leave his post.
Several employees at the Swedish Transport Agency feel that they have been silenced.
"There were a number of others who wanted to stop this but who were ordered to shut up," writes an employee on the authority's internal page.
After accidentally sending out a register of vehicle data, which contained people with protected identities, to Swedish and foreign companies, the Swedish Transport Agency sent another email - in which they openly reported who had protected identities and asked the companies to clear the data themselves.
Minister of the Interior Anders Ygeman (S) says that he became aware of suspected shortcomings at the Swedish Transport Agency in connection with SÄPO's preliminary investigation - but does not specify when.
The alliance is now calling Ygeman to an extra meeting in the justice committee.
SVT receives documents from the Swedish Armed Forces confirming that parts of the Swedish military vehicle register were included in the data that the Swedish Transport Agency had technicians abroad, who were not security tested, take care of.
But the Swedish Transport Agency rejects SVT's information and writes in a statement on its website: “The Swedish Transport Agency has nothing to do with the military vehicle register.
It is handled by the military itself ”.
: All alliance leaders and SD's Jimmie Åkesson open for a motion of censure against one or more ministers in the aftermath of the scandal.
Stefan Löfven consistently refuses to comment on the issue.
"We have no comment," said his press secretary, Adriana Haxhimustafa.
On Monday, a press conference was held with Stefan Löfven, who spoke on the issue.
He said, among other things, that he has continued to trust his ministers and that the Government Offices is considering proposals for a new security law that may enter into force on 1 January 2019.
Extraordinary meetings are held with the Defense Committee and the Justice Committee.
Minister of Defense Peter Hultqvist believes that the Ministry of Defense "took the responsibility they had".
July 26: The
Alliance holds a press conference where they jointly announce that they arouse distrust of three Social Democratic ministers - Minister of Defense Peter Hultqvist, Minister of Infrastructure Anna Johansson and Minister of the Interior Anders Ygeman.
The Left Party's party leader Jonas Sjöstedt announces shortly afterwards that the party does not support the Alliance's declaration of no confidence, but instead considers KU-reporting the previous government.
The Sweden Democrats' Jimmie Åkesson, for his part, announces that they support the Alliance in the case.
The Social Democrats KU-report the previous alliance government.
S-member Hans Hoff is the one who took the initiative to report the previous government.
- When it comes to things like this, an authority can not outsource the business without an approval from the then government, Hans Hoff says to SVT News.
Stefan Löfven calls for a press conference at 10.45 on Thursday morning in Rosenbad, where he presents a government reshuffle:
Minister of the Interior Anders Ygeman (S) and Minister of Infrastructure Anna Johansson (S) resign while Minister of Defense Peter Hultqvist (S) remains.
Minister for Migration Morgan Johansson (S) will be Minister of Justice and Home Affairs.
Heléne Fritzon (S) will be the new Minister of Migration and Deputy Justice.
Tomas Eneroth (S) will be the new Minister of Infrastructure after Anna Johansson (S).
Minister of Public Health Gabriel Wikström quits for health reasons.
His portfolio is taken over by Minister of Social Affairs Annika Strandhäll (S).
The alliance will meet after the press conference, and will decide to continue pushing its no-confidence motion against Defense Minister Peter Hultqvist, the only one of their three appointed ministers who now remains.
At the same time, they are blowing off the plans for an extra convened Riksdag and waiting until the Riksdag convenes again ordinarily this autumn.
"It makes a difference when there are three ministers or one," L-leader Jan Björklund explains to SVT Nyheter.
: There will be new information about which registers may have been leaked to unauthorized persons.
Also privacy-sensitive information about which cars have passed the car customs may have been handled by non-security-classified personnel.
: Information emerges that Minister of EU and Trade Ann Linde was aware of the shortcomings in the Swedish Transport Agency's IT security as early as the autumn of 2015, when she was State Secretary to the then Minister of the Interior Anders Ygeman.
: The Defense Committee calls the Minister of Defense Peter Hultqvist's closest man, State Secretary Jan Salestrand, to a meeting with the committee.
They want to know when he became aware that the Swedish Transport Agency had leaked sensitive defense information that may have fallen into the hands of foreign powers.
: SVT Nyheter reveals that the Swedish Transport Agency's agreement with IBM may be invalid.
This would mean that the classified information is still not legally protected.
: KU begins its investigation of the IT scandal.
Both the current government and the previous government have reported to KU.
An extra meeting is held in the Defense Committee.
The Swedish Transport Agency confirms that sensitive information from the defense has been revealed.
The alliance parties say after the meeting of the defense committee that they stand firm that they will direct a no-confidence vote against Minister of Defense Peter Hultqvist.
Prime Minister Stefan Löfven's State Secretary Emma Lennartsson resigns after admitting that she had not understood the seriousness of the information about what was going on at the Swedish Transport Agency.
Nils Vikmång is appointed new State Secretary after Emma Lennartsson resigns.
The Sweden Democrats' party leader Jimmie Åkesson is demanding the resignation of Stefan Löfven after it emerged that his state secretary has known about the IT scandal since February last year.
August 29: The
threat of a motion of censure against Minister of Defense Peter Hultqvist (S) remains.
The leaders of the Alliance agreed on this at a meeting on Tuesday, according to information to TT.
Maria Ågren herself says that she did not receive any signals from the government to suspend the contract project despite Säpo's recommendation.
Parts of the Alliance, the Center Party and the Liberals, waver on the no-confidence motion against Peter Hultqvist.
Jacob Gramenius, Deputy Director General of the Swedish Transport Agency, resigns.
He deviated from the agency's policy document for information security one year before the outsourcing to IBM and the incident is considered serious.
September 19: The
motion of censure against Peter Hultqvist is voted down in the risk day.
: Member of Parliament Hans Hoff (S) wants KU to investigate the Alliance Government's shortcomings for what led to the IT scandal.
Maria Ågren, former Director General of the Swedish Transport Agency, is fired from her position as Director General of the Government Offices.
The decision was made by the State Liability Committee.
After the Swedish Transport Agency outsourced its secret IT register in 2015, the authority was subjected to a cyber attack, writes Svenska Dagbladet, which has read the authority's response to the constitutional committee (KU).
Maria Ågren's trade union, Sveriges Ingenjörer, sues the state due to her dismissal.
Ågrennekar to crime, despite her previous confession, reports Dagens Nyheter.
December 27: The
Swedish Transport Administration alerted the Security Police in the summer of 2015 about concerns about the Swedish Transport Agency's computer operations, reports Dagens Nyheter.
January 23: The
Swedish Transport Agency presented its investigation of the IT scandal to the authority.
January 25: The
Riksdag's constitutional committee began its hearings regarding the government's actions regarding the shortcomings of the Swedish Transport Agency by inviting the then Säpo chief Anders Thornberg.
: The hearings of ministers and state secretaries.
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