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Parliament Passes Data Retention Directive

PRIVACY LAW—NORWAY

April 5, 2011

The Norwegian Parliament on Tuesday adopted the Data Retention Directive, which will see Internet and telecommunication traffic "stored for six months, regardless of the access platform, after which it will be deleted with no copies being made," according to theForiegner. The 80-to-89 vote is drawing fire from the Liberal Party leader, who said, "I do not think those who voted for the directive understand the consequences of the decision." The Norwegian Data Inspectorate also opposes the directive, saying, "crime fighting is not a privacy measure, rather an interest that must be weighed against the consequences of privacy." The majority of conservatives who voted in favor of the directive are pleased with its passing.
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