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Norway Drops Controversial Data Retention Directive

The government has decided to drop the Data Retention Directive, and start working on a new law again.
Norway Drops Controversial Data Retention Directive
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European Court decided earlier this week that the Norwegian directive violates people’s privacy. According to TV2’s report, the plan was to incorporate the directive into Norwegian law, but the government changes plans, said Transport Minister Ketil Solvik Olsen.

Prime Minister Erna Solberg confirms to Dagbladet that the Government will prepare a new proposal for data storage.

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The Directive was adopted with the votes of Labour Party and the Conservatives in 2006.

The directive, product out of a response to the terrorist attacks in New York, Madrid and London, allowed storage of individual internet and communication data for six months.

Opponents of the directive in Parliament earlier this week made a joint proposal to drop the directive.

Member of Parliament Abid Q. Raja (Venstre) writes in a press release that he looks at the Government’s decision as a victory for privacy.

- When the government is now working a new proposal for data storage, we trust on them about preparing a law that protects human dignity and focusing on criminals - not everyone, says Raja.

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