Employees of the Ministry of the Environment were banned from deleting text messages

In May, the Ministry of the Environment asked employees in the ministry, the Danish Nature Agency and the Danish Environmental Protection Agency to secure material against deletion – including specifically text messages.

They were asked to do so so that it could be used in the mink commission’s work to explain the process behind the decision to kill mink. It appears from a letter from the Ministry of the Environment, which Jyllands-Posten has gained insight into.

According to the newspaper, the mink commission asked ministries and authorities to secure essential material against deletion.

The employees of the Ministry of the Environment were informed in the letter that the Commission might need to collect a significant amount of material from the authorities involved.

According to Jyllands-Posten, a particularly highlighted section in the letter reads:

“However, you are requested by this email not to delete or discard material of possible relevance for future investigations in any case, whether it is available electronically, including emails, text messages, etc., or in physical form.”

Jyllands-Posten has asked the Prime Minister’s Office whether it, like the Ministry of the Environment, has been asked to secure the material, but is awaiting an answer. Prime Minister Mette Frederiksen (S) has repeatedly emphasized that her phone is set to delete text messages automatically after 30 days.

But she has so far refused to answer when and by whom her phone was set for deletion.

Ritzau has repeatedly tried to get answers to the above. In a written response to Frederiksen’s previous statements, the Prime Minister’s Office refers:

»As the Prime Minister has stated, among other things, it is in accordance with current rules if, for example for reasons of information security, storage capacity, overview and so on, you continuously, including automatically after a certain period, delete material from your phone as long as the journaling obligation observed «.

“For reasons of principle, the Prime Minister’s Office does not comment further on the Ministry’s advice to the Prime Minister or other internal discussions in the Prime Minister’s Office,” it reads.

Source: Politiken.dk – Forsiden by politiken.dk.

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