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Extensive personal data files found in connection with Jyväskylä knifing

Police in Jyväskylä say that one of the suspects in a politically-motivated altercation in late January had a collection of data on over 300 people that may violate personal registry laws.

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Police have been investigating the case as aggravated assault and an attempt to curtail political freedom. Image: Yle

The altercation that led to a knifing at the Jyväskylä City Library occurred after a group of young men calling themselves ‘patriots’ were denied entry into a public event discussing a new book about extreme right groups.

Police now say that during the investigation one of the two suspects was found to have collected photos and personal information, mainly from online sources, on over 300 people. The data covers these individuals' social, political and religious views.

The extent of the information gathering, according to police, is a violation of laws pertaining to personal data registries. All of those whose information has been gathered are to be contacted in coming weeks and given a chance to file charges in a suit against the suspect.

Two men have been charged in the knifing incident and a third is still being sought for questioning.

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