Information on stricter regulations via text message
The spread of COVID-19 in Sweden must be curbed. This requires us all to participate in following the Public Health Agency’s regulations and general advice. On 14 December 2020, new stricter advice will take effect throughout the country. This means that we are all obligated to take precautions to protect ourselves and others against the spread of COVID-19.
The text message is one way to create broad awareness of the advice and how to adapt to counteract the spread of infection. The message is sent on behalf of the Government.
The Sender ID and the text message
Sender ID: Fohm, MSB
The text message is in Swedish and translates to: ‘Information from the authorities: Follow the new, stricter advice to stop the spread of COVID-19. Read more on the Krisinformation website.’
The country’s telecom operators have helped make this information campaign possible. In preparing the messaging, the Public Health Agency and MSB have also enlisted the Swedish Post and Telecom Authority (PTS) and the Swedish Data Protection Authority.
Questions and answers about the text message on Monday 14 December 2020
How did you get my telephone number?
Nether the MSB nor the Public Health Agency does, nor will, have access to your telephone number. Only your telephone company has access to these.
I do not want authorities to use my telephone number. How do I unsubscribe?
The authorities will not use your telephone number. Only your telephone company has access to your telephone number. This text message will only be sent once, meaning there is no subscription tied to the messaging.