Website cookies  

Cookies are small text files that a web browser saves on the user’s device. Among their many functions, cookies enable maintaining a user’s preferences, such as their language settings, when the user moves from one page to another on the website.

The website uses both strictly necessary cookies that enable the different functions of the site and analytics cookies.

The strictly necessary cookies are only used to ensure the technical performance of the website. Connections to the website are always secure (https).

The non-essential cookies used on the website are analytics cookies used for visitor tracking. We request you to enable the non-essential cookies, since they help us to improve our website. The data collected is not used for marketing and tracking data is not disclosed to third parties. Only Finnish ministries have access to the tracking data, which they use to improve their online communications.

The use of cookies and visitor tracking on our website has been implemented in collaboration with the Prime Minister’s Office. Service providers include the government IT Centre Valtori and its partners Ambientia Group Oy (content management system provider), Snoobi Technology B.V. (visitor tracking provider), Cloudfare Inc. (content delivery network provider) and Amazon Web Services Inc. (server capacity provider).

In addition, visitor data is collected in the elections website of the Ministry of Justice as part of the monitoring of the implementation of the regulation establishing a single digital gateway (EU) 2018/1724. In addition to the page URL, the pages connected to the digital gateway collect the number of visitors, their country, and the terminal device used. The data are collected anonymously and cannot be used to identify the user. 

The data will only be available to the Ministry of Justice, the European Commission, and national coordinators mentioned in the regulation. The data collected are stored in the EU Commission's repository for a maximum period of three years, after which they are automatically deleted.

Necessary cookies

A cookie set by a content management system (Liferay) that checks whether cookies are enabled in a browser’s settings. The cookie expires after one year.

A content management system cookie that saves visitors’ language settings to be used the next time the visitors return to the site. The cookie expires after one year.

A content management cookie used for linking users to their sessions. The cookie expires when the session ends.

A content management system cookie used to save the time stamp of the visitor’s session and to warn the visitor that their session is about to expire. The cookie expires after one year.

Cookies set by Amazon used to balance the load of servers and to ensure uninterrupted sessions for visitors. This improves the user experience of the site. The latter cookie is used to ensure the correct functioning of the website with newest browser versions. The cookies expire after one week.

Server environment cookies used for detecting and preventing bot and malware traffic and attacks. The cookies expire after 30 minutes or when the session ends.

A cookie set by Valtori used to store information on whether cookies are enabled or disabled in the visitor’s browser settings (cookie banner). The cookie expires after one year.

Analytics cookies

If the visitor has enabled analytics cookies, the cookies collect general information on the visitor’s use of the website. This information is used to improve the online service and in quality control. The collected information includes the site from which the visitor arrived at our website, pages loaded, timestamp, browser and operating system of the visitor’s device and the visitor’s internet service provider.

The purpose of the visitor tracking is not to identify individual visitors and IP addresses are not saved as they are. The visitor’s IP address is used to identify the organisation the address is registered to and to determine the visitor’s geographical location.

The cookie assigns a unique identifier to each visitor. The cookie expires after two years.

This cookie is used to save information on the user’s session for the duration of the session. The cookie expires when the session ends.

This cookies is used to save information on the user’s session for 30 minutes at most. This enables the user to visit other websites and open other browser tabs without resetting the session.

Disabling cookies

The website has a cookie banner. Visitors are asked to give consent for the use of non-essential cookies and plug-ins when they visit the website.

If a visitor does not enable the cookies, the non-essential cookies and plug-ins are not used.

If a visitor has blocked the storage of cookies using the browser settings or uses a private browsing mode, the cookie banner selection cannot be saved. If the ‘Do Not Track’ feature is turned on, consent for the use of cookies will not be requested but cookies that are strictly necessary for the functioning of the website will automatically be enabled and all other cookies will automatically be rejected.

Visitors can change their cookie preferences by clicking the link below. Clicking the link shows the cookie banner again.

Links to other services

The links and ‘Share’ buttons of social media platforms on our website do not transmit visitor information to these service providers unless the links and buttons are clicked. More information on the cookies set by the social media platforms can be found on the platforms’ Privacy Policies.

Technical log data on the website and telecommunications connections

Technical log data is collected on the use of the website and the telecommunications connections used to access it. This data is necessary for the provision of the online service and for ensuring information security. The log data includes information relating to an identified or identifiable natural person, such as their IP address and timestamp. The log data is only used to enable the provision of the service via the telecommunications network and to investigate any disruptions and information security incidents.

Processing personal data related to the provision of the online service and ensuring information security is necessary for the Ministry of Justice to comply with the legal obligation to which it as a controller is subject under the General Data Protection Regulation.

More information on the processing of personal data by the Ministry of Justice

Joint controllers

The Ministry of Justice’s website is hosted on the shared content management platform of the Finnish Government. Therefore, the Ministry of Justice and the Prime Minister's Office serve as the joint controllers in the processing of personal data related to the Ministry of Justice’s website. The Ministry of Justice is responsible for the content of its website and uses the collected visitor tracking data in the performance of its duties. More information on the responsibilities of joint controllers and data protection can be found on the Respective responsibilities of joint controllers page.