It is possible to obtain information from National Prosecution Authority Finland's registers and systems for scientific research purposes. You can file a request for information or apply for a research permit with an application addressed to the Office of the Prosecutor General.

Research permit for scientific research

Research permit application (form)

Please enclose with your permit application: 

  • the research plan,
  • a description of the processing of personal data / a description of the data file,

and if necessary

  • the Finnish National Board on Research Integrity's statement (in case of medical research) and
  • other permits granted for the research.

Contents of the research plan

Your plan should indicate the project for which the data from the register will be used and why the data is necessary for your research. Define your research scheme, materials and methods as precisely as possible in the research plan. 

Also specify:

  • the research timetable,
  • when and where the research will be published,
  • how the research results can be used,
  • the goals of the research,
  • the distribution of tasks of those taking part in the research, and
  • how the research data will be processed during and after the research process.

If the data to be disclosed for research purposes includes personal data belonging to special categories of personal data or personal data related to criminal convictions and offences, pursuant to section 31 of the Data Protection Act (1050/2018), derogating from the rights of the data subject also requires an impact assessment provided for in Article 35 of the General Data Protection Regulation or compliance with a code of conduct provided for in Article 40 of the GDPR. The impact assessment must be delivered in writing to the Data Protection Ombudsman before the start of data processing.

Please enclose the impact assessment or code of conduct applied to your research with the research permit application.

Additional information and instructions on derogating from the rights of data subjects in the context of scientific or historical research are available on the Office of the Data Protection Ombudsman's website.