Norwegian Data Privacy and Digital Consumer Rights as a competitive advantage

By: Hans Lysglimt

Data Privacy – Norway is a campaign by the Norwegian IT industry to promote Norway as a safe haven for data privacy and digital consumer rights. Norway has independent strong data privacy laws that Data Privacy – Norway wants to develop as a competitive advantage for the Norwegian IT industry as a whole.

Hosting providers and application providers based in Norway have a competitive advantage towards their equals in California as Norway has a stronger framework for data privacy and digital consumer rights. We want to focus on this and strengthen this advantage.

In USA and California large companies like Google, Yahoo, Facebook, Twitter and Microsoft can legally do theoretically whatever they want with your data. The government of the USA can and does build profiles on every human being on the planet through programs like Echelon. In Norway on the other hand your privacy and your data is legaly protected by a culture for consumer rights and a number of strong institutions.

The word “ombudsman” is originally a Norwegian word. The concept of an ombudsman is very familiar to any Norwegian. In Norway there is a strong tradition for the rights of consumers and for data privacy. in fact – we believe the concept of data privacy and digital consumer rights is stronger in Norway than in any other culture world wide, and we want to turn this into a competitive advantage for the Norwegian IT industry. Norway has a strong independent institutional framework for consumer rights and digital data privacy. Being modern western democracy outside of the European Union and the USA Norway offers perhaps the best institutional framework for consumer rights and digital data privacy in the developed western world.

More and more data is being produced, collected and stored online. As people all over the world awaken to the risks of online data storage there will be increasing focus on data privacy and digital consumer rights.
Unfortunately both the USA and the EU seem to be going in the wrong direction with ever more monitoring of online activity by governments.
This is also a fact in Norway, but Norway has among the strongest debates and resistance towards there intrusions both culturally and institutionally. The fact that Norway is outside the European Unions further ensures that Norway can handle any issue independently of Washington and Brussels.

Data Privacy – Norway also works to keep Norway data-safe and work for continued strong digital consumer rights in Norway.

By promoting Norway as a safe haven for data privacy and digital consumer rights Data Privacy – Norway puts pressure on Norwegian politicians to keep up and enforce strong rights as a competitive advantage for business opportunities and employment in Norway.

Please join this campaign and work with us to promote Norway as a data safe haven.

Please help spread the word about Data Privacy – Norway to consumers, industry professionals, politicians and media.

November 27. 2009
Hans Jørgen Lysglimt

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Founder of the campaign Data Privacy – Norway.

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