Dr. Anu Talus

European Data Protection Board

Anu has served as the Finnish Data Protection Ombudsman since autumn 2020. She is the head of the Office of the Data Protection Ombudsman and as of May 2023, Chair of the European Data Protection Board (EDPB). Before her current position, she worked as Deputy Data Protection Ombudsman. Prior to her work at the national data protection authority, Anu served as Senior Adviser at the Ministry 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 Finnish government in the GDPR negotiations in Brussels. Anu has also worked at the European Commission, International Data Flows and Protection Unit (DG Justice and Consumers), as a Seconded National Expert (SNE). She 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. Anu specializes in the rights of data subjects in the digital environment, cross-border data processing, and balancing the protection of personal data and the principle of openness.