Assessment of Digivisio’s impacts on data protection to begin

One of the objectives of the Digivisio 2030 project is to open up national data repositories for the use of higher education institutions and society. The Digivisio services will gather together a large amount of data concerning higher education and studies. Common data protection policies are a precondition for using this data for such purposes as developing the higher education offering and targeting education.

A great deal of data concerning learners and studies will be processed in the services to be developed as part of the Digivisio project. For example, data generated in Peppi and Sisu source systems currently used in higher education institutions, in which learners manage such information as their course registrations and study attainments, will be imported into Digivisio services through interfaces. Digivisio will also use the data in Koski and VIRTA data repositories, and later possibly also data relevant to the labour market and working life.

“The assessment will cover a wide range of data protection issues. The assessment of data protection impacts will lay the foundation for policies on such issues as the grounds for processing personal data, importing data from other registers to the Digivisio platform and consent issues associated with this, and questions related to the location of data”, explains Project Manager Sakari Heikkilä.

The Data Protection Impact Assessment (DPIA) of services developed in Digivisio started in May. The assessment will be carried out by data protection experts appointed by the higher education institutions, and their work will be coordinated by the project office. The assessment is set to be completed by the end of 2022.

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Programme Manager Sakari Heikkilä