Bloomberg Law
Feb. 18, 2021, 9:03 PM

Jehovah’s Witnesses Facing Norway Data Regulator’s Privacy Audit

Marcus Hoy
Marcus Hoy
Freelance Correspondent

The Norwegian Data Protection Authority says it will act on complaints made against the Jehovah’s Witnesses’ processing of members’ personal information.

Acting on “several complaints and tips,” the agency said it has sent a series of questions to the Norwegian branch of the global church.

According to the agency, the complaints relate to the processing of data held by judiciary committees, which act as the Jehovah’s Witnesses’ internal court system. Such committees can decide to take action against members who are found to have disobeyed the church’s protocols, which outlaw practices like nonmarital sex, homosexuality, and abortion, the agency said. ...