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Data protection in Finland, four years after GDPR came into force
This article is part of the CW Nordics issue of November 2022 - January 2023
Generally speaking, the European Union’s (EU) General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) has gone fairly well in Finland, according to Anu Talus, data protection ombudsman for the country’s data protection authority. Two deputies work with Talus at the Office of the Data Protection Ombudsman – one is responsible for the public sector and the other looks after enforcing the laws. Talus looks after the private sector. “Companies did a lot of work before GDPR entered into force, but there is still a lot of room for improvement, especially on two of the basic issues,” said Talus. “One of the issues is the transparent processing of personal data. Data controllers in both the public and private sector need to be more transparent about what personal data is collected and for what purpose. “The other issue is privacy by design. Too many data controllers have been waiting until late stages in the development of new platforms to think about data protection. The regulation calls for data privacy by design, which means it is part of the ...
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Data privacy has always been a big concern in Finland, so the country naturally has a lot to say about the General Data Protection Regulation four years on