Legal issues regarding the web

On this page we describe the various legal requirements that apply to KI's websites.

Copyright for KI's websites

All websites marked with Karolinska Institutet's emblem and a © symbol are protected by copyright. The copyright protection also covers images and graphical elements. Where academic articles, theses and research projects listed in databases are concerned, the respective author owns the copyright.

Public documents on the web

It is normally copies of public documents and other information which are presented on the website. But if the document is only available on the website, it may be the original copy of the public document. Consider then that it must not be removed without the issue of archiving being first resolved. For websites containing important information as original documents, an archiving procedure must be established.

The principle of public access to official documents does not mean that it is necessary to put up public documents or other information on the web. However, websites may be appropriate for documents that an authority wishes to show to the public, such as forms and general information. In KI's case, this can apply to information about research, information for students and employees, and to the provision of forms.

Archive and Registry at KI


All pages published on are sent as mandatory delivery of electronic material, so-called e-duty, to the Royal Library.

The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR)

The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), regulates personal data processing, ie all ways in which a task that can be associated with a person is handled. For a personal data processing to be legal, there must first and foremost be a legal basis for the processing.

Data protection policy


Legal information about this website

Digital accessibility

The EU directive on the accessibility of the websites and mobile applications of public sector bodies applies to KI. This means that we are obliged to design websites, apps, movies, audio files and documents that are disseminated through them so that they can be perceived, manageable, understandable and robust.

KI is also required to submit an accessibility report on a regular basis.

Users must also be given the opportunity to address shortcomings in accessibility.

Accessibility online - what editors need to know

The Electronic Communications Act, the Cookies Act

Karolinska Institutet uses cookies. In accordance with the Electronic Communications Act, anyone visiting a website which uses cookies must have access to information stating that the website contains cookies and what the use of cookies pertains to. The visitor must also consent to the use of cookies.

The information in a cookie can be used to follow a person's surfing activities. KI's external website contains information about how we use cookies.

The Act on Responsibility for Electronic Bulletin Boards

For the electronic mediation of messages, special provisions concerning information on identities, prohibitions against certain criminal appropriations, etc. apply. The act is secondary to services protected by the Freedom of the Press Act and the Fundamental Law on Freedom of Expression.

The Act on Responsibility for Electronic Bulletin Boards

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