Maria Aholainen

Associate Bird & Bird Finland


Maria specialises in Data Protection

Maria is an associate in our Tech & Comms & Commercial Groups in Helsinki. She specialises in data protection, advising local and international clients in IT and commercial matters.

Prior to joining us, Maria worked as a lawyer at the Ministry of Transport and Communications, where her area of responsibility was data protection and information security in electronic communication sector. Her work included  preparation of a legislative review of the ePrivacy Directive and General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) within the administrative sector of transport and communications as well as other national and EU initiatives regarding privacy. Maria was a member of the Ministry of Justice working group in charge of preparing the legislative amendments required by GDPR. 

In addition to her law degree (LL.M.) from the University of Helsinki, Maria has studied law at the University of Bristol in England. She also holds a Bachelor's degree in Scandinavian languages.

Maria speaks Finnish, English and Swedish and has basic knowledge of German. Maria is a member of the Finnish IT Law Association.

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