Laura Tarhonen, CIPP/E, CIPM, FIP



Head of Privacy Legal

Laura Tarhonen is a technology and data enthusiast with a strong focus on privacy and data protection. Currently she works as a Privacy Counsel for Schibsted, a Norwegian media and classifieds company. 


Before joining Schibsted she worked as Data Privacy Leader of the global retailer IKEA where she supported privacy activities in the group functions and the European markets. Her background is in law with a Master’s degree from the University of Helsinki. She also has some experience in working for the public sector. She has both worked for the Finnish Data Protection Authority (Data Protection Ombudsman’s Office) and the Ministry of Transport and Communications. In the Communications Ministry she worked on the big renewal of the Finnish telecommunications law, e-privacy and governmental surveillance initiatives.

She has authored two peer-reviewed articles related to data privacy. The most recent one (2016) interpreting the definition of pseudonymization according to the General Data Protection Regulation. She has also co-authored an article about drone privacy.

Laura thinks data privacy is a key success factor in all things digital. While legal requirements can be important, she prefers data privacy to be viewed as a business enabler that drives growth and creates trust.


Contributions by Laura Tarhonen

  • Paneelikeskustelu kansainvälisistä tiedonsiirroista ja Happy Hour
    Speaker at In-Person Helsinki KnowledgeNet: 13 October 2022
  • Member of Publications Advisory Board 2021 - 2022
  • Speaker at IAPP Europe Data Protection Congress 2020 - Cancelled