Norway to Track All Supermarket and Food Purchases

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According to Life in Norway, government-funded Statistics Norway (SSB) that collects statistics related to the economy, population and society, wants to collect additional data on where residents shop and what they buy. Everything about an individual living in Norway is linked to their fødselnummer (birth number), SSB already knows where you live, what you earn and what’s on your criminal record. A researcher and critic said, “When we increase the public administration’s ability to classify, predict and control citizens’ behaviour using large amounts of digital data, the balance of power between citizen and state is shifted.” Many people already hand over their purchase data to supermarkets in the form of loyalty programs.

Statistics Norway wants to receive several million daily receipts from food stores, signalling a new era in state data collection. Privacy advocates and the supermarkets themselves are unhappy.

People living in Norway are used to big government. But the latest news coming out of Oslo is a surprising new step down the road of data collection that not everyone is happy with.

Statistics Norway (SSB) is the state-owned entity responsible for collecting, producing and communicating statistics related to the economy, population and society at national, regional and local levels.

Because everything about an individual living in Norway is linked to their fødselnummer (birth number), SSB already knows where you live, what you earn and what’s on your criminal record.

However, according to a report by NRK, they now want to know where you shop, and what you buy.

Data collection from supermarket transactions

SSB has ordered Norway’s major supermarket chains NorgesGruppen, Coop, Bunnpris and Rema 1000 to share all their receipt data with the agency. Nets, the payment processor that is responsible for 80% of transactions, will also need to provide data.

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Fastt Ed
Fastt Ed
5 months ago

So, what is wrong with knowing WHO lives in your country ? Look at the debacle taking place here in America gone wild. with illegals of all sorts, criminals, terrorists, etc.

Harvey Carpenter
Harvey Carpenter
5 months ago

Seems like fearmongering a nothingburger. Google/Apple have your location and communication data and the US government can request that info but you’re worried about the Norwegian government collecting statistics on grocery purchases?