Last updated April 22th, 2022

Controller of the data
Ministry for Foreign Affairs

P.O.Box 176
FI-00023 Government

The Data Protection Officer at the Ministry for Foreign Affairs of Finland is Juha-Matti Laasonen.

Contact: tietosuoja.UM(at)

The Ministry for Foreign Affairs of Finland respects the privacy of individuals and processes personal data confidentially according to the applicable European privacy laws. This privacy policy is kept up to date and you can always find the latest version linked to this webpage.

We process your personal data in order to provide the Virtual Finland testbed services for you and the organization you represent which has agreed to use the Virtual Finland testbed services. We will process your personal data until you and you organization are entitled to use of Virtual Finland testbed services or until you decide to leave the service.  Thus, the data is processed according to Article 6, paragraph 1, points a and b of the General Data Protection Regulation (EU) 2016/679.

Under the GDPR, you have the right to know how and for what purposes we process your personal data. You can read more on your rights on our data protection website.

In this privacy policy, you can find specific privacy notices relating to Virtual Finland testbed environment available to the developers of organisations which have agreed to use the structured and standardized data sharing services of the Virtual Finland testbed.

This privacy policy describes how we use and process the information we collect about you when you visit the Virtual Finland testbed services or submit information in these services.

What personal information do we collect?

We collect personal information that you submit through Virtual Finland testbed websites. The personally identifiable information may include:

-       Name

-       Email address

-       Phone number

-       User id

-       Usage and cookie Data


How do we use your personal information?

We process your personal information:

To provide and maintain the Virtual Finland testbed services for you, including to monitor the usage of the Virtual Finland testbed services.

To manage your account as a user of the Virtual Finland testbed services. The Personal Data you provide in the registration process can give you access to different features of the Virtual Finland testbed services that are available to you as a registered user.

To contact you by email, telephone calls, SMS, or other equivalent forms of electronic communication regarding updates or informative communications related to the functionalities of Virtual Finland testbed, including the security updates and only when necessary or reasonable.

To manage your requests to us for delivering the Virtual Finland testbed services for you.

For organizational or business transfers: We may use your information to evaluate or conduct a restructuring, reorganization, or other transfer in which Personal Data held of the Virtual Finland testbed users is among the assets transferred.

What dependencies do we have for third party service providers?

We use Cidaas as an authentication provider. Familiarize with the privacy policy of Cidaas here.

We use Plausible to monitor the visitors on the Virtual Finland testbed websites which is privacy-friendly. Read more about the tracking policies of Plausible here

Virtual Finland testbed services contain links also to other websites that are not controlled by the Ministry for Foreign Affairs of Finland, e.g. Github for accessing data definitions. If you click on a third party link, you will be directed to that third party's site. We strongly advise you to review the Privacy Policy of every site you visit.

How do we use cookies?

We use cookies only for the necessary functions to be able to provide Data Finland Services for you. We don’t use cookies to track your Internet usage after leaving our site or any other unnecessary purposes than just for providing the Data Finland Services for you. We use the cookies and local storage in the following manner:

The Virtual Finland testbed Developer portal uses the access_token and id_token received in the authentication token from the authentication provider.

Location of the Data storage

All Personal data of Virtual Finland testbed users is stored in the area of the European Union.

Will your information be disclosed to third parties?

We may share your personal information to 3rd parties in the following situations:

With Service Providers: We may share your personal information with other Service Providers to provide and maintain and provide the Virtual Finland testbed features for you.

With affiliates: We may share your information with our affiliates, in which case we will require those affiliates to honor this Privacy Policy. Affiliates include or other Ministries, governmental agencies (new or existing) partners or other businesses.

With other users: when you share personal information or otherwise interact in the public areas of Virtual Finland testbed services (such as community support channels) with other users, such information may be viewed by other users.

With your consent: We may disclose your personal information for other purposes with your consent.

How can you contact us?

If you have any questions concerning the processing of your personal data in the Foreign Service, contact the Ministry’s Data Protection Officer by email at tietosuoja.UM(at)