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Support for EU Data Retention Directive Could Mean "Surveillance Regime"

SURVEILLANCE—NORWAY

May 6, 2010

An opinion poll has found that 51 percent of the public are in favour of implementing the EU's Data Retention Directive (DRD), but Norwegian privacy advocates remain concerned. The Foreigner reports that Gunnel Helmers of the Data Inspectorate believes that although "people are increasingly concerned about privacy, we see a tendency towards numerous believing it doesn't concern them. It's a rather abstract issue, and many think they've nothing to hide. But we all do." Regardless of majority support for the plan, Lars-Henrik Parup Michelson, head of an independent bipartisan campaign against the DRD, cautions, "We're talking about a directive that will introduce one of the most comprehensive surveillance regimes in Norway's history."
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