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Deputy Data Protection Ombudsman issues reprimand for conveying library search information to US-based Google

The Deputy Data Protection Ombudsman has issued a reprimand to the libraries of the cities of Helsinki, Espoo, Vantaa and Kauniainen for infringements of data protection legislation in the processing of personal data. The websites of the Capital Region's Helmet libraries have used tracking technologies that may have conveyed data on, for example, the books and other materials searched for by users to third parties. Personal data has also been unlawfully transferred to the United States.

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Press release 17.1.2023 10.04

Administrative fine imposed on company for processing health information without the appropriate consent

The company had not asked the users of its service for their specific consent to the processing of health-related personal data. The Office of the Data Protection Ombudsman imposed an administrative fine on the company for violating the General Data Protection Regulation since the processing of health data is part of the company's core business. In addition, the Data Protection Ombudsman ordered the company to rectify its practices for requesting consent.

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Press release 11.1.2023 9.14