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Norway: Concerns Raised for Passenger Data Privacy Under Proposed E-Ticket Transport System

(Nov. 1, 2010) Norway's Data Inspectorate (DI) issued a statement on October 21, 2010, raising concerns about customer privacy under a proposed electronic ticketing system for the country's transportation network that might register up to 30 pieces of information each time the holder validates a travel card for purchase. Such a system might be open to abuse, the DI stated, because of the requirement that passengers provide such personal information as the time, the location, and the identity of the driver, among other data. (New Norway Transport E-Ticket Plan Worries DPA, PRIVACY LAW WATCH (Oct. 28, 2010),

A DI spokesman, noting that free, anonymous travel should be allowed in democratic societies “as far as practicable,” expressed the view that if the information-gathering is necessary, the information should be destroyed within a short time. He indicated that new national guidelines would be issued by the DI in the next 12 to 18 months “to establish 'general and clear boundaries' on what information can be stored and for how long.” (Id.; see also e-Government Factsheet – Norway – Actors, & Norway – Data Protection, PRIVIREAL, (both last visited Oct. 28, 2010).)