Gry Hvidsten

Specialist Counsel

About Gry

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. Hvidsten is the co-author of the Norwegian chapter of the International Comparative Legal Guide to Data Protection for 2020.

Work experience
2018- Specialist Counsel, Wikborg Rein, Oslo_NEWLINE_2014-2018 Advisor, Sr. Advisor, Statoil ASA_NEWLINE_2009-2014 Associate/Senior Lawyer, Arntzen de Besche, Oslo_NEWLINE_2001-2009 Legal Advisor, Legislation dept, Ministry of Justice_NEWLINE_2000-2001 Secretary for the Norwegian Advisory Council on Bankruptcy, Civil dept, Ministry of Justice_NEWLINE_2007- Examiner, Faculty of Law, University of Oslo_NEWLINE_1997-1998 Research Assistant, Institute of Public Law, University of Oslo_NEWLINE_1996-1997 Legal Advisor, Juss-Buss_NEWLINE_1996-1996 Trainer (part time), Faculty of Law, University of Oslo _NEWLINE__NEWLINE_
Education
2000 Cand. jur, University of Oslo_NEWLINE_1991 French for foreigners, Sorbonne, Paris_NEWLINE_
Publications
Lov og Rett (no. 9/2009): Når er fjernsynsovervåking behandling av sensitive personopplysninger?