Norwegian DPA: Høylandet Municipal Council Fined

28 October 2021

Background information

Date of final decision: 20 September 2021
Cross-border case or national case: National case
Controller: Høylandet Municipal Council
Legal Reference: Security of processing (article 32), cf. article 24 and article 5
Decision: Infringement declared and fine imposed                                  
Key words: Information security, internal control, access management

Summary of the Decision

Origin of the case

Image files containing health data about people with no connection to the municipality were accessible to staff at the health clinic.

Key Findings

The Norwegian Data Protection Authority noted that the municipality did not implement any relevant measures after the non-conformity was discovered. The error has now been resolved and the municipality has also introduced a new internal control system.


The Norwegian Data Protection Authority has decided to fine Høylandet municipality EUR 41,000. The Norwegian Data Protection Authority decided to fine the municipality for fundamental internal deficiencies in its access management. This is a breach of the requirements regarding personal data security in the General Data Protection Regulation.

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