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Data protection

Processing of personal data by the Disciplinary Board and Supervision Unit operating in conjunction with the Finnish Bar Association

This page tells what information the Disciplinary Board and the Supervision Unit (hereafter the Disciplinary Board) operating in conjunction with the Finnish Bar Association collects about its clients, where this information is obtained, what it is used for and in which situation information is transferred. The page also contains information telling data subjects what to do if they want to access data about themselves in our registers, rectify any inaccurate information and when they can restrict the use of the data on them.

An independent Disciplinary Board and Supervision Unit, whose statutory duties include the supervision of lawyers, public legal aid attorneys and licensed legal counsels, operate in conjunction with the Finnish Bar Association.

The Finnish Bar Association and the Disciplinary Board have a joint register, where access to personal data is restricted by access rights.

Contact information: P.O. Box 13 (Simonkatu 12 B 2nd floor), FI-00101 Helsinki, Finland
tel. +358 9 6866 120 (switchboard), info@supervision.fi

Collecting of personal data

The Disciplinary Board has a legal obligation to supervise lawyers, public legal aid attorneys and licensed legal counsels. The Disciplinary Board investigates complaints about lawyers, public legal aid attorneys and licensed legal counsels, and also disputes involving lawyer fees. To enable it to carry out its statutory duties, the Disciplinary Board has the right to use the Finnish Bar Association’s register data. In other respects, information required to carry out supervision is obtained from the data subjects themselves, the courts and from other official data sources. Collection of information is based on the law.

More detailed information is provided in the register descriptions below:
Disciplinary Board’s Supervision Register (.pdf)
Disciplinary Board’s Register of Elected Positions (.pdf)

Use of personal data

Personal data are used to carry out statutory supervision.

Data transfer

The Disciplinary Board may transfer data to the courts and the authorities in relation to its statutory duties. Information that is public by provision or order is in the public domain in the manner provided by the Advocates Act and Licensed Legal Counsel Act.

The Disciplinary Board does not transfer data for marketing purposes.

Right to refuse the use of data for marketing

The Disciplinary Board does not engage in marketing. Refusal may not be given with regard to communication in statutory matters.

Right of access to personal data

Clients and members have a legal right to know what information on them have been stored in the Finnish Bar Association’s registers. Subject access requests must be made in writing either on the attached form or informally in writing. Signed requests must may be submitted to the office of the Disciplinary Board or sent by post or email (scanned). The client’s identity will be checked.

The Disciplinary Board will respond to requests in writing within 30 days from receiving the request (in Finnish).

Subject access request, Disciplinary Board (.doc)

Inaccurate information

The data subject has the right to request the data controller to rectify, supplement or erase inaccurate and incorrect personal data about the data subject without undue delay. Should the inaccurate information have been forwarded or transferred to the authorities or some other organisation to which the Disciplinary Board has an obligation or right to forward or transfer information, the recipient will also be contacted about rectification.

Request for rectification of register data, Disciplinary Board (.doc)

More information about personal data processing

More information about processing is available from the Disciplinary Board or the office of the Finnish Bar Association.