All companies need to manage personal information. This may be information about employees, customers and suppliers, visitors to business websites, activity logs in the company's IT systems, or a wide range of other types of information.
The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), which has been implemented in Norway through the Personal Data Act of 2018, introduces stricter regulation with increased documentation requirements and more protection for individual privacy. The GDPR also imposes much stricter sanctions in case of violation. This places great demands on companies. Although the challenges will vary with the scope of the individual company's processing of personal data, no company will remain unaffected.
Today, most companies use data processors (such as IT service providers and software maintenance providers). New and more detailed rules apply to these supplier relationships as well, for example, with regard to the content of data processor agreements and the data processor's own duties.
Based on our experience, companies have a special need for assistance regarding:
- Analysis of strategy and scope
- Establishment and documentation of internal control systems
- Agreements, including data processor agreements
- Transfer of personal data outside the EU / EEA
- Control measures in the workplace, including access to employee e-mail
- Collection, storage and use of large volumes of data ("big data")
- Use of cloud services
- Handling a personal data breach
We are the authors of the Norwegian chapter of the International Comparative Legal Guide to Data Protection, available here.
Data protection legal issues are also relevant in connection with the conclusion of IT contracts etc. Read more here.