Anu Talus

Information Commissioner of Finland / Chair of the European Data Protection Board

Anu Talus has served as the Finnish Information Commissioner since autumn 2020. She is the head of the Office of the Information Commissioner and the Chair of the European Data Protection Board (EDPB). Before holding her current position, she worked as Deputy Information Commissioner.
Prior to her work at the national data protection autho-rity, Talus served as Senior Adviser at the Min-istry of Justice for over ten years. While working at the Ministry of Justice she was responsible for leading the national implementation of the GDPR in Finland and acted as representative of the Finn-ish government in the GDPR negotiations in Brussels. Talus has also worked at the European Commission, International Data Flows and Protection Unit (DG Justice and Consumers) as Second-ed National Expert (SNE).
Talus holds a Doctor of Laws degree and a Master of Laws degree from the University of Helsinki and a Master of Arts degree from the University of Vaasa.
Talus specializes in the rights of data subjects in the digital environment, cross-border data pro-cessing, and balancing the protection of personal data and the principle of openness. Her doctoral dissertation dealt with reconciling the right of public access to documents with the protection of per-sonal data in the European legal framework.