DNB admit to having illegally stored emails of former employees, even though the bank is required by the Inspectorate to delete them.
DNB apologize and admit to Aftenposten that they have not followed the correct procedures. This emerged during the preparations for an investigation.
– Specifically, this means that all their email have been stored, rather than just the proportion that is business related, deputy manager of information Even Westerveld DNB writes in an email to the newspaper.
The illegal storage of emails became known when the law firm Hjort on behalf of DNB’s Board in May announced that it would review emails of their former employees all the way back to 2004. The review was part of an investigation into the part the bank played in establishing companies in tax havens, which became known through the so-called Panama-papers, the newspaper writes.
The old e-mails should have been deleted months after an employee has quit, according to the Personal Data Regulations section 9-4. Many of the employees that have been included in the investigation, left the bank several years ago.
DNB sent a message to the Inspectorate about the discrepancy. Authority confirmed to the newspaper that it will make a decision on how to deal with that on Monday, and that this might mean further investigation.
Everyone who have their own email account with your employer, may experience that their employer reads their email. But employers are only allowed to do so if the wish for access to that email meets the requirements of the regulations on the processing of personal data.
Source: NTB scanpix / Norway Today