Finnish Parliament in December 2018 (Image: Lehtikuva)


ENHANCED DATA SECURITY MEASURES recently approved by the Finnish Parliament will come into effect on the first day of the new year, according to a recent statement from government attorneys.

While Finland already leads the world in the realm of personal data security, having some of the strictest regulations in Europe, an updated Data Protection Act will soon give authorities greater powers to restrict how private companies can use an individual’s data.

Privacy advocates celebrated when Parliament first approved the new regulations on 13 November of this year, which go considerably further than the existing EU-wide frameworks known as GDPR.

Much of the act concerns the protection of children’s data, mandating a new “age of consent” wherein companies can no longer use or access the information of children aged 13 and under.

Regulators will also have increased powers to fine and prosecute companies that are guilty of noncompliance.

Public authorities, however, will have increased power to access citizen’s personal data in the name of “public interest”. The new Act gives certain Finnish authorities, such as national crime agencies, immunity from fines imposed by GDPR breaches.

In an age where corporations have more access to our personal information than ever before, measures such as these may soon be replicated across Europe and beyond.

Adam Oliver Smith – HT

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