NAV disclosed the private information of 200,000 job seekers by mistake

Hans Christian HoltePhoto: Terje Pedersen / NTB
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The Norwegian Labour and Welfare Administration (NAV) has disclosed the private information of a number of job seekers without having the legal authority to do so.

Earlier this week, the NAV announced in a letter that they have automatically, without legal authority, made all CVs on arbeidplassen.no – a meeting place for job seekers and employers – available to employers, newspaper Romerikes Blad writes.

“We are working on analyzing who may have been affected since arbeidplassen.no was launched in 2019. We have so far notified more than 200,000 job seekers,” NAV chief Hans Christian Holte told the newspaper.

When it was concluded that the NAV did not have the legal authority to make registered CVs available to logged-in employers on arbeidplassen.no, they terminated this access and reported the deviation to the Norwegian Data Protection Authority.

The letter that the NAV has sent out states, among other things, the following:

“The employer has gained access to information that you have provided in your CV. Examples of this are information could be the name, place of residence, date of birth, telephone number, email address, education, work experience, other experience, courses, driver’s license, access to vehicles, certifications and the like, languages, your summary, stated competencies, and your job wishes.”

Holte apologized to those affected, Romerikes Blad noted.

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

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