The Office of the Data Protection Ombudsman safeguards your data protection rights

The Data Protection Ombudsman is a national supervisory authority which supervises the compliance with data protection legislation. With Data Protection Ombudsman and two Deputy Data Protection Ombudsmen there works approximately 40 data protection specialists in the office.

The present Data Protection Ombudsman, Reijo Aarnio, has held the post since 1997. The Deputy Data Protection Ombudsmen Jari Råman and Anu Talus were appointed from May 1st 2019 onwards.

The Data Protection Ombudsman is an autonomous and independent authority who are appointed by the government. Their term of office is five years.

Sanctions Board

The Data Protection Ombudsman and deputy data protection ombudsmen form the Sanctions Board tasked with imposing administrative fines in accordance with the General Data Protection Regulation. The Board is chaired by the Data Protection Ombudsman.

Expert Board

The Expert Board operating in the Office of the Data Protection Ombudsman is tasked with issuing statements on significant questions related to the application of personal data processing legislation at the request of the Data Protection Ombudsman. The Board will be appointed by the end of 2019.

Its membership consists of a chairperson, deputy chairperson and three members with personal deputies. The Board members are experts independent of the Office of the Data Protection Ombudsman. The Board can also consult other experts when required.

The government appoints the Board for a term of three years.