The government has sent its suggestions on a new Consumer Purchase Act to the Riksdag. The proposal focuses on digital goods and services but also includes changes to consumers’ rights regarding physical goods.
An update of the law is necessary to adapt Swedish law to two new EU directives, but in addition to this there are a number of other modernisations. Here are the most important changes according to the government:
- Introduce rules for how errors in digital content and digital services are to be assessed, and what rights consumers have in the event of such errors.
- Requires digital content to be kept up to date for a certain period of time after purchase. Applies to both stand-alone content and those that are built into physical goods, such as mobile phones’ operating systems.
- Increases the period of time during which it is the seller’s responsibility to prove that a broken item did not have a manufacturing defect, from six months to two years.
- Clarify that “free” products that are given away in exchange for personal data are counted as consumer purchases.
- Introduce new rules that make it clearer that live animals are not like other goods and must be handled in accordance with the Animal Welfare Act.
If the Riksdag votes in favor of the proposal, the Government proposes that the changes take effect on 1 May.