The Office of the Data Protection Ombudsman is an independent authority operating in connection with the Ministry of Justice. The office is run by the Data Protection Ombudsman, appointed by the Council of State for a term of five years.
Reijo Aarnio has been the Data Protection Ombudsman since November 1, 1997. The deputy and assistant to the Ombudsman is Head of Department. The total number of staff is 20.
The Data Protection Ombudsman guides and controls the processing of personal data and provides related consultation. The Ombudsman exerts power in issues related to the implementation of the right of verification and the correction of personal data. The Ombudsman also follows the general development in the processing of personal data, launching initiatives if necessary. The Ombudsman sees to the distribution of information related to the field of operation and participates in international co-operation.