Telenor : Global mobile operators issue joint principles on freedom of expression and privacy

    Telenor : Global mobile operators issue joint principles on freedom of
                            expression and privacy

Fornebu - March 12, 2013 - Telenor Group, as a member of the
Telecommunications Industry Dialogue on Freedom of Expression and Privacy,
today announces collaboration with the Global Network Initiative (GNI) to
advance freedom of expression and privacy rights in the information and
communications technology sector. In addition, the Industry Dialogue is now
launching the first version of its set of Guiding Principles, as a starting
point for deeper dialogue with stakeholders.

"Today's launch of our collaboration with GNI as well as our Guiding
Principles is a great first step. By working with other major telecoms,
seeking support from the GNI as a common platform, and engaging with relevant
stakeholders we are making progress on this important journey. Together we are
better able to raise the issues and find a common approach to important human
rights like freedom of expression and privacy rights on a global level," said
Jon Fredrik Baksaas, President and CEO, Telenor Group.

The Telecommunications Industry Dialogue is a group of global companies that
are collaborating to exchange best practices, learnings and tools. Together
they created the first set of Guiding Principles, and now with support from
GNI, they plan to continue to advance issues of privacy and freedom of
expression and engage more extensively with key stakeholders.

"Telecommunications play an essential role facilitating the free flow of
information, and today the human rights and economic impacts of the sector are
in the global spotlight," said GNI Executive Director Susan Morgan. "The GNI
believes that strength lies in numbers and this is an important opportunity to
pursue shared goals and a common approach to human rights."

The members of the Industry Dialogue are not joining GNI as a part of this
collaboration, and the group remains open to other telecommunications
companies. There is a review process built into the work that will assess
progress during the two years.

Read GNI's press release

The guiding principles can be found on

About GNI
GNI is a multi-stakeholder group of companies, civil society organizations
(including human rights and press freedom groups), investors and academics,
who have created a collaborative approach to protect and advance freedom of
expression and privacy in the ICT sector. GNI provides resources for ICT
companies to help them address difficult issues related to freedom of
expression and privacy that they may face anywhere in the world. GNI has
created a framework of principles and a confidential, collaborative approach
to working through challenges of corporate responsibility in the ICT sector.
Read more:

The Telecommunications Industry Dialogue was formed in 2011 to jointly address
freedom of expression and privacy risks within the sector. The Industry
Dialogue Guiding Principles are available in English, French, Spanish, Arabic,
Chinese, Russian and Turkish. Companies currently participating in the
Industry Dialogue are:

  oFrance Telecom-Orange
  oNokia Siemens Networks


Tor Odland, Vice President, Telenor Group Media,

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