Provisions on confidentiality

The provisions on confidentiality applying to private personal information and trade secrets are set forth in a separate section of the Norwegian Public Administration Act (Section 13). The Norwegian Freedom of Information Act explicitly establishes that information that is confidential pursuant to other laws shall be shielded from public access (Section 13).

The Norwegian Freedom of Information Act also contains a provision whereby certain types of information may be excepted from public access, including information on foreign affairs and national military and security matters (Section 20 and 21).

These provisions also apply to the National State Archives. Despite the objective of the National State Archives, which is to preserve archival material and to make it available to users, it hence follows that not all information and records in its holdings are automatically made accessible to anyone.