The secondary use of social and health data is permitted only for certain purposes as specified in the Secondary Use Act:

  • Education
  • Scientific research
  • Statistics
  • Planning and reporting duties of authorities
  • Development and innovation operations
  • Knowledge management
  • Guidance and supervision of a social and healthcare authority

Different regulations apply to different purposes.

For the education of social and health care professionals, scientific research, statistics, and planning and investigation duties of authorities, it is possible to obtain pseudonymized individual-level data.

For development and innovation operations, knowledge management, and guidance and supervision of a social and healthcare authority, only anonymous, aggregated statistical data, from which individuals cannot be identified, is available.

Additionally, social or health service providers, such as wellbeing services counties, can use the data generated in their operations or stored in their registers for knowledge management without a separate permit. The data can be used for producing, monitoring, evaluating, planning, developing, managing, and supervising service activities.

Data permit and data request decisions are public. See Findata’s data permit and data request decisions.