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Norway: Government proposes changes to Electronic Communications Act

On April 12, 2024, the Norwegian Government announced that it proposed changes to the Act Relating to Electronic Communications (the Electronic Communications Act).

The proposed changes to the Electronic Communications Act include:

  • imposing requirements on data centers, including a registration obligation;

  • strengthening consumer rights, such as:

    • making subscribers' terms of agreement easily accessible and not containing discriminatory terms;
    • ensuring a requirement for people with disabilities to have access to equal communication services; and
    • ensuring free access to email for three months after ending an agreement to change email providers;
  • requiring consent for cookies to meet the requirements of General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) consent;

  • ensuring broadband access for all; and

  • strengthening the requirement to ensure the security and robustness of electronic communication services and networks.

You can read the press release here and the proposed changes to the Electronic Communications Act here, both only available in Norwegian.