Personal Data Protection In Finland

A survey conducted by the European Working Committee showed that a great number of Finland's residents over 15 years of age and six out of ten EU inhabitants were concerned about their privacy in relation to the processing of personal data. To address this problem, the government of Finland implemented the Finnish Personal Data Act, 1999 (PDA). PDA implements EU privacy standards for the protection of individual's private life and other basic rights and the processing of personal data. This article discusses Finnish Personal Data Act 1999 which repealed the Personal Data File Act 1987 and made privacy laws consistent with the EU Data Protection Directive.

The following questions have been addressed in this article:

What personal data is not protected by the PDA?
What are the prerequisites for processing data pursuant to the PDA?
What are the duties of the Office of the Data Protection Ombudsman?
What are the penalties for a personal data offense under the PDA?
What amendments have been made to the PDA?

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