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The Norwegian Data Protection Authority (DPA) is a public authority. We are an independent body set up in 1980 to protect the individual right to privacy. We are financed by the Norwegian government and administratively subordinate to the Ministry of Local Government and Regional Development.

Data protection is about your fundamental right to privacy, and one of our main tasks is to protect the individual right to privacy. Our role is to uphold a number of acts and regulations concerning data protection. However, the main legislation directing our work is the Personal Data Act. The Personal Data Act set out the general principle that individuals should be in a position to control how data relating to them is used.

Through information, dialogue, complaints handling and inspection, we supervise that authorities, companies, organisations and individuals follow data protection legislation.