Norid was made subject to the Freedom of Information Act in 2009. At the same time, we were granted an explicit exemption from the Freedom of Information Act in terms of access to certain documents. The development in the domain name market in recent years, however, has led to us operating “in direct competition with and on the same conditions as private legal persons”. This puts us entirely outside the scope of the Act.
This is currently not reflected in the Freedom of Information Regulations, but we have asked the Ministry of Justice to amend these in connection with their general review of the Freedom of Information Act, which began in 2016. This work is still ongoing.
New privacy regulations, enacted in 2018, limit the disclosure of personal data to third parties. As Norid is not subject to the Freedom of Information Act, this Act cannot be used as a basis to request information. Domain name holders will, of course, be granted access to their own information, either by contacting their domain name provider or by contacting us.