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Privacy statement for webpage

Metsähallitus takes privacy on the Internet seriously and this is why we want to tell you how we process your personal information. 

Data collection

In general, you can visit the webpages without revealing your identity or other personal information. Our net servers only collect information on the net locations of the visitors of our website, not their email addresses. This information is collected in order to estimate the number of visits, the average time spent, the pages visited, etc. Metsähallitus uses the collected information to examine the use of its website and to develop the content of the website.

In some cases, however, we may need additional information, such as your name and address. When we need this information, we will inform you on the purpose of use of this information. Usually, we use the collected personal information only in the internal use of Metsähallitus.

Sometimes we organize surveys to get a clearer picture of the users of our website and their needs. In connection with a survey, we tell you how we will use the information we have collected on you on the Internet.

Data protection

The protection of the webpages complies with best practices in data protection, current legislation and regulations, and supplementary instructions issued by Metsähallitus. Access rights are used to restrict use of the system to only those individuals that require the data for their work.

Use of cookies

The webpage uses cookies and other equivalent technologies, such as browser local storage. Cookies are small text files used for communication between the terminal’s browser and the server. Cookies and other identifiers have a set period of validity, after which the browser removes the identifier. We use these technologies for carrying out our activities and for analytics.

If desired, the user may change their browser settings to prevent the creation of cookies or to delete the cookies saved in the browser. This may, however, inhibit the functioning of the webpages.

The data used by analytics is anonymised wherever possible. Where this is not possible, we process the data as personal data for those aspects where the identifier contains data that identifies the customer, such as an IP address. Identifiers which are in some way connected to the customer are also processed as personal data. The period of validity for identifiers used for analytics ranges from 30 seconds to 24 months.

We make use of Google Analytics to analyse the use of our webpages. The data sent to Google is anonymised. Further information on data processing by Google Analytics.

Users can block the use of identifiers used for analytics by turning on the browser’s Do Not Track function and setting the browser to reject third-party cookies.

General statistical data is collected on the use of the online service for the purpose of service development. The following statistical data is collected about the use of the service: total number of visitors and page views, number of sessions and average length of sessions, repeat visitors and first-time visitors, web address used to connect to the website, most used search words, most popular webpages, terminals used, browser versions and most common service providers. No personal data is collected about users of online services which could be used to identify individual visitors. The statistically collected data cannot be linked together. Usage monitoring is based on Google Analytics reporting, which makes use of Google Universal Analytics cookies (further information available at  

The online service contains embedded windows on third-party online services which may install cookies onto your browser:

 Rights of the data subject

The data subject has the right to access the data held by the controller concerning him or her, the right to request the rectification of imprecise and incorrect data, and the right to restrict processing of this data for the period when its veracity is being confirmed. The data subject also has the right to lodge a complaint with a supervisory authority regarding actions carried out in the processing of his or her personal data.

Contact details of controller

Questions regarding this privacy statement and the rights of data subjects are primarily handled by Sicence Centre Pilke (pilke [at], +358 (0)206 39 7820). On matters relating to data protection, we request that you make contact in writing directly to the controller: Metsähallitus/Registry, PO Box 94, 01301 Vantaa, Finland or by email: tietosuoja [at]