Data Protection Ombudsman

Data Protection Ombudsman

The primary duty of the Data Protection Ombudsman is to influence, in advance, compliance with the legislation concerning the keeping of registers. The Office of the Ombudsman provides information on the Personal Data Act, aimed at both controllers and data subjects. The Data Protection Ombudsman and the Office of the Data Protection Ombudsman provide guidance and advice for processing of personal data, control observance of the law, and provide related consultation. The objective of data protection, according to the Personal Data Act (986/2000), is to maintain and promote the right to privacy, one of the basic rights of each citizen. 

In addition to general guidance, the Data Protection Ombudsman provides controllers and data subjects with guidance and advice on request, and makes decisions pertaining to compliance with legislation and implementation of the rights of data subjects. In matters concerning the implementation of the right of verification and correction of personal data, the decisions of the Ombudsman are binding and subject to appeal. All guidance and advice relating issues of processing personal data and compliance with the law are free of charge.