About us

Findata is a Health and Social Data Permit Authority, a one-stop shop for the secondary use of health and social data.

Findata operates under the performance guidance of the Ministry of Social Affairs and Health and the Ministry appoints both a separate director for the organisation and a steering group.

The Findata management group is responsible for managing the operations of the data permit authority. The Findata management group includes the Director, Head of Data Services, Head of ICT, Legal Advisor and Head of Communications.


The objectives of Findata are to:

  1. Improve data security and the data protection of individuals.
  2. Speed up and streamline the utilisation of social welfare and health care data resources.
  3. Decrease the duplication of work in permit processing.
  4. Develop data descriptions for the social welfare and health care sector together with the controllers.

Guidance and supervision

The steering group guides and develops Findata’s operations. The members of the steering group have been appointed from the Ministry of Social Affairs and Health, the Finnish Institute for Health and Welfare, the Social Insurance Institution of Finland, the Finnish Centre for Pensions, the Digital and Population Data Services Agency, Statistics Finland, the Finnish Institute of Occupational Health, the Finnish Medicines Agency Fimea, and representatives of social welfare and health care service providers.

Findata’s operations are supervised by the Parliamentary Ombudsman and the Data Protection Ombudsman, among others. The National Supervisory Authority for Welfare and Health Valvira monitors Findata’s data secure user environments. In addition, Findata must give an annual report to the Data Protection Ombudsman regarding the processing of health and social data and the related log data.


Findata currently employs 19 people. The size of the personnel will increase as the operations develop to about 20-25 people. Email addresses are in the format firstname.lastname@findata.fi.

Johanna Seppänen
Director, PhD

Maarit Ala-Mononen
Executive assistant

Heikki Lanu
Head of ICT

Antti Piirainen
Head of Communications
+358 29 524 7644

Mervi Siltanen
Head of Data Services

Kirsi Talonen
Lawyer, Data Protection Officer

Peija Haaramo
Chief Metadata Specialist

Hanna Tervonen
Chief Data Manager

Marja-Liisa Helminen
Senior Specialist

Juho Happonen
Senior Specialist

Marja-Liisa Helminen
Senior Specialist

Saija Jaatinen
Senior Specialist

Rosa Juuti
Senior Specialist

Ossi Kohvakka
Senior Specialist

Maari Parkkinen
Senior Specialist

Sonja Saloranta (on parental leave)
Senior Specialist

Noora Seppä
Senior Specialist

Jarkko Tenhola
Senior Specialist

Nelli Valli
Senior Specialist

Antti Vikström
Senior Specialist