Malin Tønseth has more than 20 years of legal and compliance experience.

Malin is an experienced compliance lawyer with profound expertise in IT-law, data protection and digitalization issues. She has experience from leading law-firms and international industries (in-house legal counsel). She worked four years in Hydro heading the organization’s global-wide privacy compliance strategy and network and has also served several years at the Ministry of Transport and Communications.

Malin is associated with Simonsen Vogt Wiig’s TMT-department and is head of the Compliance & Risk team. She specializes in data protection and cyber security compliance, and has profound expertise in investigations and crisis management. She also assists companies with compliance and risk management relating to corporate governance including in areas of anti-corruption, anti-money laundering, sanctions, corporate investigations, governmental interactions, corporate criminal liability and ESG/sustainability as well as requirements under the Norwegian Transparency Act. Malin provides practical and hands-on advice and is often engaged by companies, investors, and financial institutions in connection with compliance assessments, due diligence and audits on business partners, and with issues arising from mergers and acquisitions (M&A).

She has a very good understanding of the law both from a theoretical but also very importantly from a practical point of view.

- Chambers and Partners

Work experience

2021 - (today) Partner, Advokatfirmaet Simonsen Vogt Wiig
2020 - 2021 Associate Partner, Advokatfirmaet Simonsen Vogt Wiig
2016 - 2020 Head of Data Privacy/Legal Counsel, Norsk Hydro ASA
2013 - 2016 Senior Lawyer, Advokatfirmaet Simonsen Vogt Wiig
2011 - 2012 Senior Associate, Simonsen Advokatfirma DA
2007 - 2011 Senior Advisor, Norwegian Ministry of Transport and Communications
2004 - 2007 Senior Advisor, Norwegian Post and Telecommunications Authority
2002 - 2004 Senior Associate, Kromann Reumert, Copenhagen
1999 - 2002 Associate, Kromann Reumert, Copenhagen


2004 Master (LL.M.), Information and Communication Technology Law, University of Oslo
1999 Cand. jur., University of Copenhagen
1996 Bachelor's Degree in Law, Aarhus University


2022 - (today) Member, Norwegian Privacy Board
2021 - (today) Leader of the ICT and Data Privacy Committee, Norwegian Bar Association
2018 - (today) Board Member, Buypass AS
2017 - 2020 Member of the ICT and Data Privacy Committee, Norwegian Bar Association (Advokatforeningen)
2013 - (today) Board Member, Norid AS
2013 - 2017 Deputy Chairman, Norwegian Computer Society, Cloud Computing Group
2009 - 2016 Board Member, Norwegian Association for Computers and Law (NFJE)


Compliance, a Megatrend or the new General Expectation? Malin Tønseth, The Financial Newspaper (Finansavisen), Jan. 2020
The Data Privacy Manual – a practical book about the data protection legal requirements Malin Tønseth, Marit Stubø, Thomas Olsen and Rune Ljostad, Gyldendal Publishing, 2016
Cloud services and onward transfer under the Safe Harbor Malin Tønseth and Eirik Andersen, Lov & Data, 2015
The Archive Act and cloud services Malin Tønseth, Lov & Data, 4/2014
Challenges in handling of cookie-information Malin Tønseth, Lov & Data, 4/2013