Bjørn Erik Thon
Bjørn Erik Thon was appointed Commissioner and general director in the Data Protection Authority in Norway in May 2010. Before his appointment, he served as the Norwegian Consumer Ombudsman for ten years. He has also worked as a barrister, a judge deputy and for three years he held the position as head of section in the Consumer Council. In addition to this, he has been involved in politics for several years. He held the position as political adviser for the Minister of Justice during Kjell Magne Bondeviks first government. Furthermore, he was deputy leader of the Social Liberal Party in Oslo, and for several years member of the District Council in Nordre Aker, Oslo.
Thon has published several books. The last one, The American president’s Norwegian daughter, was published in September 2014. He has also written Forbrukerjungelboka ( The Consumer Jungle Book); a consumer guide and has been co-author of a book about Consumer Contracts. From 2000 to 2004 he published three crime novels. Thon has been a columnist in several newspapers and magazines.
Thon is 57 years old and lives in Oslo, Norway.