General information about the data collection


Personal data

According to Section 15 of the Statistics Act, notwithstanding the provisions on secrecy, entrepreneurs and other employers shall be obliged to provide Statistics Finland with such personal data on the wages and salaries, working hours, occupations and establishments of their personnel that are necessary for the production of statistics. Data protection legislation does not thus prevent provision of data to Statistics Finland.

Statistics Finland is responsible for that personal data released by an enterprise are treated in a confidential and appropriate manner. Statistics Finland is responsible for that the systems used in data collection, such as electronic data collection forms are data secure. Unit-level data on enterprises may only be handled at Statistics Finland by persons whose tasks require the use of such data.

Direct identification data of a person, in practice the personal identity code, are needed for the production of statistics. Statistics Finland needs the personal identity code in order to combine the data provided by the employer with the qualification data of the Register of Completed Education and Degrees, for example. 

Statistics Finland's data financial statement gives detailed information about the processing of personal data at Statistics Finland (in Finnish):

More information can be requested from Johanna Rantanen, Statistics Finland's data protection officer