The Norwegian Data Protection Authority reacts to a Twitter message from the police

A message from the police about a youth in an institution sparked reactions from Twitter users. Now the Norwegian Data Protection Authority is also reacting, writes Dagbladet.

The Twitter message from the Sørøst Police District was sent on the night of January 1 about a youth from an institution who set fire to his own room.

Several Twitter users responded that the information in the post was too detailed and believed it violated privacy. The Norwegian Data Protection Authority now agrees with this, writes Dagbladette.

– It is surprising that the police district of Søröst did not show a better view of pedestrians. We see that many people react, and I understand it very well, because it is a lack of judgment, told the newspaper Janne Stang Dahl, director of communication at the Norwegian Data Protection Authority.

– The message seems offensive to the person concerned. Young people in institutions are a particularly vulnerable group, she says, and finds it strange that the police have ignored them.

Police deleted the post from Twitter on Monday. Police Inspector Henning Reif Fosaas of Sørøst Police District informs the newspaper that they do not want to infringe on privacy or confidentiality, but initially do not believe the information in the tweet was sufficient to be able to identify the person in question.

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