Data protection at the Population Register Centre

Data protection lies at the heart of the work of the Population Register Centre. The processing of personal data is mainly based on legislation.

The Population Register Centre produces services, certificate services and services linked to the Population Information System. In its production of these services, the Population Register Centre complies with the established rules on processing in the specific legislation on the service in question or the EU General Data Protection Regulation, or will comply with the Finnish Act on Data Protection when it has entered into force.

The following information relates to how personal data is processed in the context of each Population Register Centre service. More comprehensive and detailed information can be found in the privacy statements, which can be located centrally on the right side of the page.

The Population Register Centre’s key services that involve the processing of personal information: services

This service has information and services relating to public services for citizens and businesses at a single address. It provides, for example, official electronic services, forms, and information on municipal services.

Find out about the services for citizens

  • e-Identification
  • Authorisation
  • Web Service
  • Messages

Find out about the services for organisations (in Finnish)

  • Finnish Service Catalogue
  • Data Exchange Layer
  • Service Management

Certificate Services

The Population Register Centre produces certificates for citizens, organisations and the health care sector. Certificates are needed for identification, encryption and electronic signatures in information networks.

Population Information Services

The Population Register Centre and the local register offices together maintain the national service catalogue that is used most in Finland: the Population Information System. The Population Information System contains up-to-date information on Finnish citizens and foreign persons permanently resident in Finland. The system also has information on buildings, dwellings and property. The Population Information System is maintained to facilitate, implement and ensure society’s functions and information services as well as the rights and obligations of members of society. The information updated in the System is available to customers via various services.