Gry Hvidsten

Specialist Counsel

About Gry Hvidsten

Gry Hvidsten is a Specialist Counsel at Wikborg Rein's Oslo office. She is part of the firm's Technology and Digitalisation practice. Hvidsten has been working with data protection issues for more than 15 years; in the Legislation Department of the Ministry of Justice, in Norway's largest company, Equinor, and as a long-time business lawyer.

Gry Hvidsten assists both public and private companies in a variety of industries with questions related to compliance, introduction of new technology and new solutions, privacy in the workplace, whistleblowing/investigation, digitalization and digital business, sanctions and GDPR, electronic marketing, big data analytics, GDPR due diligence related to transactions etc. Hvidsten also assists with agreements related to the handling of data, including data processing agreements and transfer agreements related to the provision of cloud services.

Hvidsten has assisted several international corporations with the implementation of BCR (Binding Corporate Rules).

Gry Hvidsten is particularly committed to helping businesses achieve compliance in practical day-to-day business as well as identifying how data protection regulations could contribute to more effective business development if the right assessments are made early in the process.

Hvidsten is a lecturer at both BI and OsloMet and is responsible for several data protection courses offered by Juristenes utdanningssenter (the main provider of legal courses for lawyers in Norway), namely their "Data Protection Officer" courses and for their full-day course on "Data Protection in the Workplace". She is also frequently used as an external speaker on topics related to data protection and data protection in the workplace.

Work experience
  • 2018

    Specialist Counsel, Wikborg Rein, Oslo

  • 2014 - 2018

    Advisor, Sr. Advisor, Statoil ASA

  • 2009 - 2014

    Associate/Senior Lawyer, Arntzen de Besche, Oslo

  • 2007

    Examiner, Faculty of Law, University of Oslo

  • 2001 - 2009

    Legal Advisor, Legislation dept, Ministry of Justice

  • 2000 - 2001

    Secretary for the Norwegian Advisory Council on Bankruptcy, Civil dept, Ministry of Justice

  • 1997 - 1998

    Research Assistant, Institute of Public Law, University of Oslo

  • 1996 - 1997

    Legal Advisor, Juss-Buss

  • 1996 - 1996

    Trainer (part time), Faculty of Law, University of Oslo

Education
  • 2000

    Cand. jur, University of Oslo

  • 1991

    French for foreigners, Sorbonne, Paris

Publications
  • Lov og Rett (no. 9/2009): Når er fjernsysnovervåking behandling av sensitive personopplysninger?