Data retention in Norway will probably be approved

Jonathan Tripathy jonnyt at
Thu Mar 10 12:52:40 UTC 2011

On 09/03/11 21:27, Andreas Tolf Tolfsen wrote:
> As you may or may not be aware, there's been a long debate in Norway
> on whether we should implement the EU Data Retention Directive as a part
> of Norwegian legislation.  This has, perhaps, been the single most
> important policy issue in Norway for the past five years.
> As Norway is not a member of the European Union, we have a trade
> agreement with the EU which allows us to participate on equal level as
> EU member states in the EEA, the European Economica Area.  This
> agreement also involves implementing all EU directives.
> As a part of this agreement, there is a veto right that can be used in
> special cases where a directive is highly controversial.  This right has
> never been exercised.
> The Labour Party (Arbeiderpartiet) is the only party in the Norwegian
> Storting (Parliament) that is in favour of the directive.  The other
> parties it shares power with in the government does not support the
> directive.
> Tonight, the right-wing party Høyre (sort of like the Tories in Britain,
> only slightly more liberal) decided to support Arbeiderpartiet, and
> decided that they'll give their votes in return for some slightly milder
> implementation details concerning the directive.
> As far as my sources tell me, the support in Høyre was _three_ votes
> away from being rejected at tonight's meeting.  Arbeiderpartiet needs
> Høyre's support for passing this directive, and it now looks like data
> retention will finally be approved in Norway.
> This has been a highly controversial issue, and literary every interest
> organization in Norway apart from the Police and the Police Directorate
> have been critical in their views on the directive, including the
> Norwegian Data Inspectorate, all ISPs, and the Norwegian lawyer's
> association have voiced their concern.
> It now looks like we've lost this fight…
I'm not sure what the implementation will be like in Norway, but here in 
the UK, ISPs only have to store the data if they have been asked to by 
the Government.

At least that's something slightly positive...

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