The Personal Data Act

The processing of personal data during the compilation of statistics is subject to the provisions of the Personal Data Act. Personal data refer to identifiable data on all natural persons, including natural persons practising a trade or profession. Observation of the Act in the compilation of statistics requires careful advance planning of the data processing process prior to the establishment of registers of persons. Data needs are investigated thoroughly and data suppliers are only asked for such data that are necessary for the compilation of statistics. The data are protected, stored and destroyed at different stages of processing in accordance with data protection guidelines.

The Act allows subsequent use of personal data derived from diverse administrative registers for statistical purposes. Sensitive personal data can be used for statistical purposes, but only subject to specific conditions. The personal identity number may be used in the compilation of statistics if it is important to identify an individual in a register. This is usually necessary when registers of persons are combined.

The Personal Data Act requires that register descriptions are produced and made publicly available for all registers of persons.

More information about the Personal Data Act and its application can be found on the website of the Office of the Data Protection Ombudsman.