Application of EU General Data Protection Regulation in Ministry of Defence

Data protection means the protection of personal data and safeguarding an individual’s rights and freedoms when personal data is processed. The key statute regulating the processing of personal data is the General Data Protection Regulation of the EU that entered into force on 25 May 2018.

The Ministry of Defence processes personal data in order to comply with its legal obligations or, in certain situations, to perform a task carried out in the public interest or based on consent. An individual may implement his or her rights for example by checking the personal data concerning him or her and by requesting rectification of inaccurate data and erasure of unnecessary data. 

Any requests concerning personal data stored in the Ministry of Defence should be sent to the Ministry’s registry at kirjaamo(at) You can submit a request to check your personal data and receive information on all your personal data stored in the services of the Ministry. Please fill in the printable form and send it to the registry office of the Prime Minister’s Office.

The Ministry of Defence does not process the personal data of those liable for military service. Any such inquiries should be sent to the Defence Forces. 

The Data Protection Ombudsman monitors compliance with the data protection legislation in Finland. Further information about your right to data protection is available on the website of the Data Protection Ombudsman at:

The Data Protection Officer in the Ministry of Defence is Tuomas Hyvärinen. The mail to the Data Protection Officer should be sent to TietosuojavastaavaPLM(at) 

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