Finnish Customs privacy statement
In accordance with the General Data Protection Regulation (EU) 2016/679, this privacy statement contains data for registered natural persons on how Finnish Customs processes personal data of data subjects.
The privacy statement will be updated during summer 2018.
Pasilan virastokeskus, Opastinsilta 12, 00520 Helsinki
PO Box 512, 00101 Helsinki
Tel. 0295 5299
Data Protection Officer
Your personal data is processed during the following Customs’ operations:
Transfer of personal data to third countries or international organisations
Under the transit procedure, data are transferred to third countries. In other respects, Customs does not transfer or disclose personal data outside the EU or EEA with regard to processing of personal data subject to the General Data Protection Regulation.
Rights of the data subject
The data subjects have the right to obtain confirmation from the controller on whether or not their personal data are being processed or have been processes. The data subjects may also have the right to request access to their own personal data
- to request access to their own personal data
- request that the controller correct or delete data
- request that the processing of personal data be restricted
- object to the processing
- withdraw their consent at any time.
If the data subject finds that the processing of their personal data is unlawful, the data subject has the right to appeal to the Data Protection Supervisor.
Protecting the processing of personal data
All Customs operations where personal data is processed, meet the principles of data protection by design and data protection by default. Customs has operational models for ensuring the obligations of the data subject and the controller. Personal data protection operations at Customs include: staff instructions and regulations as well as staff training; security agreements between organisations and non-disclosure agreements between persons who process personal data; status monitoring and in-house control; taking care of data security in data systems; encryption/anonymisation/pseudonymisation; audits as well as control and enforcement systems; codes of conduct as well as certificate requirements and other technical restrictions. Customs uses a data balance sheet process through which it compiles an annual data balance sheet that describes how it has succeeded in protecting data, and the actions required for developing data protection.
Legislation which governs data processing within Customs
Customs processes personal data to realise its statutory obligations and operations. There is always a legitimate basis for processing personal data, excluding e.g. information and communication services, which are based on consent. The laws and instructions below regulate Customs’ operations.
- General Data Protection Regulation (EU) 2016/679
- Data Protection Directive (EU) 2016/680, 2016/681
- Personal Data Act (523/1999)
- Administrative Procedure Act (434/2003)
- Act on Customs Administration (960/2012)
- Act on the Processing of Personal Data by Finnish Customs (639/2015)
- Rules of Procedure of Finnish Customs (157/2018)
- Government Decree on Customs Administration (1061/2012)
- Act on the Openness of Government Activities (621/1999)
- Commission Delegated Regulation (EU) 2015/2446
- Commission Delegated Regulation (EU) 2015/2446, Appendix A, which defines the data requirements for applications submitted to the authorisation services and decisions.
- Archives Act (831/1994)
- Customs Act (304/2016)
- Statistics Act (280/2004)
- Regulation (EU) No 952/2013 laying down the Union Customs Code
- State Budget Act (423/1988)
- State Budget Decree (1243/1992)
- Act on Criteria for Charges Payable to the State (150/1992)
- Decree on Criteria for Charges Payable to the State (211/1992)
- The Constitution of Finland (731/1999), Chapter 7, State finances
- Council Regulation (EU, Euratom) No 608/2014
- Council Regulation (EU, Euratom) No 609/2014
- The Vessel Traffic Service Act (623/2005)
- EU regulations and provisions on statistics
- Food Act (23/2006)
- Chemicals Act (599/2013)
- Consumer Safety Act (920/2011)
- Act on Cosmetic Products (492/2013)
- Toy Safety Act (1154/2011)
- Act on Excise Duty (82/2010)
Regulations and instructions
- Storage time and cover note for accounting material (18.9.2014, VK/329/00.01/2014; in Finnish and Swedish)
- Allocation decision on undivided appropriations (30.9.2015, VK/853/00.01/2015; in Finnish and Swedish)
- Division of the tasks and responsibilities between the service centre, the accounting units and funds of the administration department (4.5.2018, VK/442/00.00.00.01/2018; in Finnish)
Changing the privacy statement
Customs has the right to change this privacy statement. We will inform you of the changes on our website, where you will also find the latest version of this privacy statement.