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Data administration to be discussed on 5 February at the City Hall

Helsinki’s vision is to be the most functional city in the world and the city that best capitalises on digitalisation. While digitalisation as such is not an objective, the smart use of technologies makes it possible to offer better services for the people. The objective is to make everyday life smoother for the residents of Helsinki through the digitalisation of services. While developing the services, we must ensure that the data administered by the city in the background of the services is used correctly.

Helsinki has a lot of data about its residents in different systems. This data material can be utilised in service development, as long as the citizens are aware of the purposes for which they disclose their data. In Helsinki, the MyData principle means that the Helsinki residents must have the possibility to manage the data that the city collects of them, and to authorise the use of it in the different services of the city. At the same time, the city residents must also, if they so wish, have the possibility to prevent the use of their data. When using citizen data, the city of Helsinki is hence committed to keep it protected and ensure that the control of the data remains with the residents.

International MyData seminar brings cities and businesses together to discuss the use of data

The city of Helsinki arranges on Wednesday 5 February from 8:15 AM to 11:45 AM a seminar about why MyData is so important to the cities, how personal data is used in public administration and businesses and what kind of restrictions apply to the use. The language of the seminar is English.

“Back in 2017, Helsinki agreed to promote the principles of MyData in the remodelling of its services, so it is natural that MyData plays a key role in the city’s digitalisation programme as well. We are now building an ability for the city to function as a MyData operator. This is why now is the right time to get together with other interested parties to consider what it actually means, what kind of benefits it offers - and how we can advance it together in the best way possible”, says Jussi Vehviläinen, who is in charge of the citizen services project entity in the Helsinki digitalisation programme.

Welcome to listen and talk about data administration

At the seminar, the objective is to define the role of the cities as part of the MyData operator network and understand the effects of the MyData principles and the EU’s General Data Protection Regulation on the administration of data. Another aim is to increase the understanding of the ethical use of personal data and of legislative and judicial questions. There will also be discussions concerning the ways in which the MyData model can be implemented in the city on a concrete level.

The programme of the seminar:

8:15-8:45 Registration, coffee and breakfast

8:45-10:00 Speakers

  • Opening words
  • Why MyData is important for the City of Helsinki. Helsinki Chief Digital Officer Mikko Rusama
  • MyData (in the cities): a human-centric model for empowering citizens with personal data. MyData Global General Manager Teemu Ropponen
  • I do.. do I? Obtaining valid consent under the GDPR. City of Helsinki Data Protection Lawyer Pilvi Karhula

10:00-10:15 Break

10:15-11:45 Speakers

  • MyData and Human centric services empower people! Vastuu Group Executive Vice President Mika Huhtamäki
  • Posti and MyData, Posti Group Corporation MyData Product Owner Teemu Mankinen
  • The role of data operators in the digital transformation journey. Igrant.io CEO Lotta Lundin
  • MyData and the City of Helsinki. City of Helsinki ICT Architect Mika Leivo

The seminar is arranged at the event square of the Helsinki City Hall, at Pohjoisesplanadi 11–13, and it is open to all interested parties. The event will not be streamed.

Welcome!