The General Data Protection Regulation has been published

On the 4th of May 2016, the new General Data Protection Act 2016/679 was published in the Official Journal of the European Union. The regulation shall enter into force on the 24th of May 2016, but shall be applicable only after a two year transition period that will end on the 24th of May 2018. The legislative work to get Finland’s national data protection laws and single provisions compatible with this new European regulation has already been started, the Ministry of Justice has set up a legal working group on the matter.

The General Data Protection Regulation shall be directly applicable to all the handling of personal data within the European Union. The new regulation focuses firstly on the differing levels of risk that come with the handling of personal data and secondly on the right of all individual EU citizens to control his or her data that has been registered within the EU. The General Data Protection Regulation will harmonize, bring up to date and clarity the substantial data protection legislation of all member states while simultaneously making data protection cooperation between officials from different countries easier.

Source: The General Data Protection Act