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Wednesday, April 24, 2024

Faulty public portal back online

Norway’s Internet portal that allows Norwegians to do everything from applying for benefits to checking their taxes finally came back online during the weekend after some severe technical trouble last week.

The site, called Altinn, crashed early in the week when hundreds of thousands of Norwegians tried to check their newly issued tax returns online. Then some serious privacy violations occurred, when people trying to log in with their own profiles all were directed to that of a 36-year-old Oslo resident.

Officials ended up shutting Altinn down until the bugs could be fixed, leading to protests by businesses that also use the site to, for example, arrange export licenses or file corporate documents.

Tax officials said they were confident the errors had been found and corrected, while the government ministry in charge of business and trade issued an apology.

“We fully understand that the closure of the portal caused disruption for many,” said tax director Svein Kristensen. He said there was still plenty of time for taxpayers to check their tax returns before the filing deadline on April 30.

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