Head Researcher of this study, Swedish Occupational Psychologist Jens Näsström has previously conducted national studies of lawyers in 2005 and 2017 in collaboration with the Swedish Bar Association. A third survey is being carried out in parallel to this survey. This third study not only makes it possible to compare the impact of the pandemic on lawyers in Sweden and Finland, but also to start to map out the possible different effects of office-based work vs. remote working. The results will be presented in webinars and in a report to all members of the Finnish Bar Association.
Aim of this study
Respondents to this study are guaranteed complete confidentiality and anonymity. No one outside the research team, including employers or representatives of the Finnish Bar Association, will have access to the raw data. The results will be presented at group level, and no single individual will be possible to separately identify. No data that allows identification of, or connection with, any one individual will be collected. This includes IP addresses and email addresses.
Personal data and GDPR
It is important to highlight that the “raw data” obtained from the survey does not contain any personal data as defined by Article 4(1) of the REGULATION (EU) 2016/679 OF THE EUROPEAN PARLIAMENT AND OF THE COUNCIL of 27 April 2016 on the protection of natural persons with regard to the processing of personal data and on the free movement of such data, and repealing Directive 95/46/EC (General Data Protection Regulation or the GDPR).
Article 4(1) of the GDPR defines “personal data” as: “any information relating to an identified or identifiable natural person (‘data subject’); an identifiable natural person is one who can be identified, directly or indirectly, in particular by reference to an identifier such as a name, an identification number, location data, an online identifier or to one or more factors specific to the physical, physiological, genetic, mental, economic, cultural or social identity of that natural person;”.
As mentioned above, the “raw data” obtained from the survey is fully anonymised. What is more, according to Recital 26 of the GDPR, the principles of data protection should not apply to anonymous information, namely information which does not relate to an identified or identifiable natural person or to personal data rendered anonymous in such a manner that the data subject is not or no longer identifiable. This Regulation does not therefore concern the processing of such anonymous information, including for statistical or research purposes.
In light of the above, it is safe to say that the GDPR is not applicable to this survey since there is no collection of personal data.
Finish Data Protection Authority
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