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Norway: Datatilsynet publishes response to legislative proposal on the processing of sensitive personal data in sport

On June 13, 2024, the Norwegian data protection authority (Datatilsynet) published its response on the Norwegian Ministry of Culture and Equality's proposal for an Act on the processing of sensitive personal data in sport (the Act). In particular, the Act contains provisions that allow organizations associated with the Norwegian Sports Confederation to process personal information relating to criminal convictions and previous offenses in order to prevent, detect, and react to sexual abuse, harassment, and violence in sports.

The Datatilsynet called for a more thorough assessment of the impact the proposal has on privacy, particularly as it concerns the processing of highly sensitive personal data. The Datatilsynet emphasized that the processing of such data may involve a high risk to the rights and freedoms of data subjects.

Additionally, the Datatilsynet made suggestions on what should be included in the Act, including:

  • a separate section on the requirement for a legal basis for the processing of personal data;

  • provisions on access control and confidentiality; and

  • clarifying the exception made to the duty of confidentiality due to it being vague.

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