New Data Protection Act to Complement the GDPR
The Finnish Government has published its Government Bill 9/2018, introducing a new Data Protection Act. The idea is not to produce a new comprehensive law regarding the processing of personal data, but rather to complement the General Data Protection Regulation (“GDPR”), which is directly applicable in Finland. Although the GDPR is quite extensive and detailed at least in some respects, it does provide EU member states with some leverage and room to adjust the rules according to their local needs. The new law and the GDPR should therefore be read together.
The new law awaits approval of the Finnish Parliament, but the aim is to have it come into force on 25 May 2018 – the same day when the GDPR becomes applicable.
The Government Bill boasts 145 pages, but we have listed its key provisions below.
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