E-scooter company Tier: Oslo’s new electric scooter rules could be illegal

Electric scootersPhoto: Geir Olsen / NTB
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The micro-mobility company Tier believes that Oslo Municipality’s desire to monitor the location of all electric scooters at all times may be illegal.

Oslo City Council will vote on new electric scooter rules on Tuesday. In addition to introducing a maximum limit of scooters in the city, they want to, among other things, know their location at all times.

The company Tier has therefore asked the Norwegian Data Protection Authority (Datatilsynet) to assess whether the rules are legal, Norwegian Broadcasting (NRK) writes. They believe the information may reveal who is using the bikes.

“If the same person uses an electric scooter to and from his address every single day, one would be able to identify the traveler,” lawyer Christian Flemmen Johansen in the law firm Elden, which represents Tier, told the channel.

The Municipality believes that individual scooters cannot be traced because they receive a different ID number every time they send data. 

The Data Protection Authority did not want to say anything about the new rules now, but legal adviser Susanne Lie confirmed that geodata could, in theory, identify individual users of electric scooters.

Source: © NTB Scanpix / #Norway Today / #NorwayTodayNews

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