NRK: The Eastern Police District had illegal access to Norwegian’s air passenger lists

Oslo Airport GardermoenPhoto: Terje Pedersen / NTB

The Norwegian Data Protection Authority (Datatilsynet) believes it was illegal for the Eastern Police District to log in directly to Norwegian’s ticket system and retrieve information about the air passengers.

The police have been doing this since 2010, Norwegian Broadcasting (NRK) reports.

“Datatilsynet takes the matter seriously. The police have illegally obtained information about air passengers for many years by abusing access codes,” senior legal adviser Jan Henrik Mjønes Nielsen in Datatilsynet noted.

Datatilsynet’s investigation shows that the police have had access to the booking systems of the airline Norwegian and Pegasus Airlines.

No information on data processing

Searches were carried out that targeted both Norwegian citizens and foreigners, but it is not known how the information was processed further.

The police concluded that this was illegal when the issue became publicly scrutinized, and the practice was terminated in the summer of 2019.

“The Eastern Police District has reported on the practice to relevant authorities. We refer to our response to the Norwegian Data Protection Authority and the Authority’s response – the case is closed. Beyond this, we have no further comments,” police inspector Eli Fryjordet of the Eastern Police District told NRK.

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