All posts by Saija-Leena Asikainen

On 3 June 2010, the European Commission warned Finland that the Finnish Data Protection Law may infringe the Data Protection Directive (Directive 95/46/EC) because it does not protect personal tax information published in the media. This will lead to an amendment of the Finnish Personal Data Act in the near future. The Commission referred to the case considered by the European Court of Justice (ECJ) and the Supreme Administrative Court of Finland, where a company had annually published the tax data of 1.2 million persons in a local newspaper and transferred such data to another company on a CD to be processed in connection with a chargeable SMS service. Section 2.4 of the Finnish Personal Data Act states that the Act does not apply to personal data files containing, solely and in unaltered form, data that has been published by the media. Additionally, according to Section 2.5 of the Personal Data Act, … Continue Reading ››