Akureyri Data Centre to Open Next Year

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Construction on a data centre in Akureyri is well underway, reports RÚV. Work began in mid-July and it’s hoped that operations at the centre will start by the middle of next year.

The data centre will be the first of its kind in the region and will be especially useful for those who want to geographically separate data that is being stored in other data centres.

The Akureyri Town Council gave North ehf. approval to build the centre on a plot of land on Hlíðarfjallsvegur in January and work has progressed quickly since then. Two interconnected buildings, 2,500 square metres in total, are being built during phase one; the full complex will include three office buildings and a service building.

With the completion of the Hólsandslína 3 electrical transmission line that runs from Akureyri to Holasandur opens up the possibility of more energy-intensive industrial development. North ehf. CEO Eyjólfur Magnús Kristinsson said that initial plans are to employee 15 staff members.

Road Administration Launches New Website for Travellers


The Icelandic Road and Coastal Administration launched a new website yesterday. The new website will offer more detailed information on road and weather conditions.

More advanced, more accessible, more detailed

Yesterday morning, the Icelandic Road and Coastal Administration (IRCA) held a meeting to introduce its new website: www.umferdin.is.

According to a press release from IRCA, this new website – which will replace the previous road-conditions map on the administration’s site (www.road.is) – is “more advanced, more accessible (especially on smart devices), and will offer greater opportunities for development going forward.” The map is also zoomable, and the design of the website has been modernised.

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According to IRCA, www.umferdin.is will offer more detailed information on driving and road conditions. This information is recorded by the Road Administration’s staff and contractors around the country. Between October and April 30, information on the website is updated every day from 7 AM to 10 PM. Between May 1 to September 30, information on the website is updated every day from 8 AM to 4 PM.

Weather and traffic data that appear on the site are gathered by IRCA’s weather stations and other measuring devices around the national road network, as well as by a number of the Icelandic MET Office’s weather stations. The base map’s overlays originate from an open database at Landmælingar Íslands.

Icelandic Police Department Deactivates Facebook Page Over Data Safety Concerns

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The Suðurnes Police Department in Southwest Iceland deactivated its Facebook page yesterday, citing comments from Iceland’s Data Protection Authority about data security on the social media platform, RÚV reports. The Reykjavík Capital Area Police Department says it will keep its Facebook page running and that it ensures data security through other means. Facebook’s collection and storage of data does not conform to Icelandic law, according to the DPA.

In March 2021, the Data Protection Authority came to the conclusion that the Capital Area Police’s reception of information via Facebook did not meet legal requirements on the processing of personal data for the purpose of law enforcement. DPA Director Helga Þórisdóttir stated the institution’s comments were particularly aimed at instances when police requested information from the public via Facebook’s messaging function. Facebook’s terms of use clearly state that data sent through the platform is collected. Icelandic law bans the storage of such information outside the European Economic Area, Helga points out.

The Suðurnes Police Department deactivated its Facebook page yesterday, ten months after the Data Protection Authority’s conclusion. It is the only department to act on the comments thus far. Halla Bergþóra Björnsdóttir, Chief Superintendent of Capital Area Police, says the department does not plan on deactivating its Facebook page. “We consider it an important tool in communication with citizens. We took the Data Protection Authority’s decision seriously at the time and changed our work processes,” Halla stated, adding that the police use Facebook cautiously, including by requesting information through secure means, such as by phone.