Georg Apenes, Norwegian politician and jurist, Died at 76

Georg Apenes was born on April 5, 1940, and died on October 3, 2016.

He was a Norwegian politician and jurist

Then, he went to Vest-Telemark to work as a deputy judge.

There, Georg chaired the local Conservative Party chapter in Kviteseid from 1970 to 1971.

Apenes was given a lawyer’s license in 1971, but instead became a journalist for his hometown newspaper Fredriksstad Blad.

Then after a year, Apenes was promoted to subeditor.

Apenes stayed in this job until 1977.

During 1977, Apenes was elected to the Parliament of Norway from Østfold constituency.

Apenes was later re-elected in 1981 and 1985 to serve two more terms.

Unlike many national politicians, he never held elected positions in local politics.

Apenes was not re-elected to a fourth parliamentary term in 1989; instead he was appointed the new director of the Norwegian Data Inspectorate when Helge Seip reached the age limit of 70 years and stepped down.

Whilst he was a director of the Data Inspectorate, Apenes has made a mark in the political debate as a defender of privacy.

Apenes has opposed the European Union Directive 2006/24/EC.

After commenting on Internet privacy, Apenes deplored the indifference with which people disseminate personally identifiable information.

Apenes added that the dystopies described by Aldous Huxley “are probably not that far away”.

Apenes stepped down in April 2010.

Until his successor Bjørn Erik Thon was named in late May, Ove Skåra was acting director.

He has authored several books, with topics spanning from monographies on political themes and analysis of political parties to festschrifts and amateur history.

But, he has written columns in the newspapers Fredriksstad Blad, Stavanger Aftenblad, Dagens Næringsliv and A-Magasinet.

Georg Apenes passed away at 76 years old.