On 30 January 2014 the Government of Finland submitted to Parliament a proposal for Information Society Code. The Information Society Code consolidates, brings up to date and streamlines the regulation of electronic communications. In general, the reform extends the responsibilities of the companies providing electronic communications and further improves consumer protection. The Code is contemplated to enter into force on 1 January 2015.
The provisions on protection of privacy are proposed to cover all entities that convey communication. This means that not only telecommunication operators, but also other players in the field, for example social media services, can be held responsible for inadequate protection of personal data. The new Code also introduces specific provisions increasing the level of consumer protection. It is for instance proposed that buying products or services with a mobile phone, the operator would be held jointly responsible with the company selling the product in a case of default.
The reform also simplifies the current operating licence regime, since a significant part of television and radio licence decisions will in the future be made by Finnish Communications Regulatory Authority (FICORA).
As the new Code enters into force, the responsibilities of the players in electronic communication will expand further than before.