Norway Drops Controversial Data Retention Directive

Photo : Pietro Naj-Oleari.

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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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