The legislation, also dubbed “Lex Nokia” because of newspaper allegations that leading mobile phone manufacturer Nokia was a sponsor of the bill, allows organisations such as businesses, universities, public officials, libraries and even housing cooperatives the right to determine the identities of online users in certain conditions.
At the time that the legislation was being prepared, the major corporate concern was the ability to intercept cases where company secrets were transmitted via email.
According to Housing and Communications Minister Krista Kiuru the legislation, which came into force in 2009, will be reviewed to determine whether or not it is, in fact, necessary.
The Minister has set up a working group to investigate how often the law has been invoked. If it hasn’t, the Ministry may even revoke the law.
The review comes as new legislation, due to take effect in 2014, would give officials the same rights as the so-called Lex Nokia.
“Lex Nokia will no longer be required on the basis of these arguments. The situation will change from the beginning of 2014, when amendments to the Coercive Measures Act will take effect,” Minister Kiuru said in a statement.
According to Minister Kiuru, the Coercive Measures Act will give investigating officials the right to electronic oversight, if they suspect that confidential company information is being leaked via email.
The Minister also pointed out that the law may be revoked if it is not called into use.
Companies can invoke Lex Nokia to determine online users’ identities by tracking their IP addresses, without probing the contents of users’ emails. The investigation would have to be disclosed to individuals under suspicion, as well as data protection authorities.
Latest in: News
Starbucks to open in landmark Aalto building?
The world’s largest coffeeshop chain plans to open its first non-airport café in Finland at Helsinki’s Academic Bookshop, Yle has learned.
Valio recalls salad mix over datura fears
A second food product has been withdrawn in Finland because of a risk that it could contain poisonous seeds.
Five-vehicle crash near Kotka kills two
Part of Highway 7 remained closed for more than five hours after the collision.
Swine flu shots boosted adult risk of narcolepsy, too
The national health agency has confirmed that kids weren't the only ones with an elevated risk following the H1N1 jab a few years ago.
Nine people now affected by datura poisoning
Nine people have now been affected by datura contamination from frozen vegetables sold by a Finnish supermarket. Most symptoms are mild, with dry mouth, a quickening pulse and weakened vision the main effects, but some people have required hospital treatment.
Finland criticised again in Amnesty report
The human rights organisation’s annual report is highly critical of Finland’s treatment of asylum seekers. Finland was condemned for deporting asylum seekers without in-country appeals, and the practice of incarcerating children seeking refugee status in police facilities.
FFE: One in four businesses made a loss in 2012
A quarter of all Finnish firms lost money last year, according to the in-house magazine published by the Federation of Finnish Enterprises (FFE).
Baby boomers' alcohol "timebomb" set to hit Finland
Experts fear that retiring baby boomers may over indulge to such an extent that Finland could soon be forced to deal with a large cohort with unusually high levels of alcohol dependence. Incorporating messages about alcohol into basic healthcare will be key to fighting the problem.
Finnish income gap lower than European average
Income differences in Finland are below the average in Europe, according to Statistics Finland. The gap between richest and poorest is largest in Latvia and Bulgaria and smallest in Norway and Iceland.
Two tumble from Töölö balcony
One man died and another was seriously injured on Wednesday morning when they fell from a fifth-floor balcony in the Töölö district of Helsinki.