On May 15, 2008, the Norwegian government proposed to grant governmental authorities access to foreign-issued credit and debit card information. The government announced the proposal as part of its current budget, voicing concerns that Norwegians increasingly use foreign bank accounts to avoid taxes.

The press release on the Norwegian revised national budget is available (in English) at:

http://www.regjeringen.no/en/dep/fin/Press-Center/Press-releases/2008/revisednational-budget-2008-sound-fisca.html?id=511405.