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Norway: Datatilsynet adopts temporary ban of tracing app

The Norwegian data protection authority ('Datatilsynet') announced, on 7 July 2020, that it has adopted a decision ('the Decision') issuing a temporary ban of the tracing app further to its notification about the ban and the Norwegian Institute of Public Health's ('FHI') response to the same. In particular, Datatilsynet highlighted that the FHI has not adequately documented the utility of the app and has failed to demonstrate the necessity of using GPS location data for contact tracing. Therefore, Datatilsynet decided that the app contradicts the principle of data minimisation. In addition, Datatilsynet requested sharing more comprehensive documentation on the app and adopting a more complete technical solution before relaunching the tracing app, while noting that the Decision can be appealed within three weeks.

You can read the press release here and the Decision here, both only available in Norwegian.