Which personal data do we process and why?

In order to process your case, it can be necessary: ​

  • To go through and receive your personal data,
  • To store, either physically and/or electronically correspondence, documents, images, and other case material which might include your personal data,
  • To disclose your personal data to third parties, depending on the circumstances also sensitive data, for example data pertaining to racial or ethnic origin, political affiliation, religious belief, trade union membership or health status. Please note staff members at The Faroe Islands Legal Aid follow the same confidentiality practices as lawyers do in civil cases, and defense attorneys in criminal cases. Data acquired by The Faroe Islands Legal Aid can only be disclosed by court order.

Our processing of personal data is mainly done according to the act on the protection of personal data article 8 (1), nr. 2.

Additionally, The Faroe Islands Legal Aid compiles statistics about its case work for its annual report. Only information about case types is included in the statistics. The statistics are reported to the Department of Civil Affairs.

Our website:

Note that you are required to state certain personal information in order to use the features of our website. It will appear from the relevant form whether the information is mandatory or optional. If the stating of personal information is mandatory, the field is marked by an asterisk (*). Should you decide not to surrender the required information, you may not be allowed access to the relevant feature. For instance, we need your contact information in order to be able to respond to an inquiry from you.

We also use cookies at our website. You can change your cookie settings by pressing the gear icon on the bottom left of this homepage.

We use analytical instruments from Google and Facebook. You can read more about their processing of personal data here:


We do not ask for your consent to process your data, when the processing is necessesary according to the act on the protection of personal data art. 8

In order to catalogue your case, The Faroe Islands Legal Aid has registered the following data:



Landline/mobile number:                              E-mail address:

(Anonymous counselling is also available).


When necessary we will request your consent to having your personal data processed at your very first meeting. By giving your consent, we can receive, catalogue, and store your data, including sensitive personal data. Your consent also includes disclosure of your personal data to third parties to the extent necessary for us to handle your case.

You will in this case receive a copy of the consent form or have it sent to you.

Revoking your consent

You may revoke your consent to having your data processed at any time. You can either revoke your consent by personally appearing in The Faroe Islands Legal Aid or by writing an email to post@raettarhjalpin.fo where you must include your case file number.

What happens if consent has not been given or is revoked?
The Faroe Islands Legal Aid immediately terminates and withdraws from cases where consent has not been given or has been revoked. We grant no further assistance to former clients once their case has been terminated. Our involvement with your data is ceased once your case is terminated. However, your data will be stored for up to 5 years, to be used in the event of any complaints or compensation claims that might occur.

Additional information

Data controller: Rættarhjálp Føroya, Gongin 20, 100 Tórshavn.

Email for Data controller: post@raettarhjalpin.fo

Data storage: We only process your personal data to the extent necessary while your case is active. Personal data is usually stored for up to 5 years after a case is terminated, whereafter it is destroyed subject to the provisions of the Faroese Archives Act, which regulates if data must be submitted to the Faroese National Archives.

Security: We have high security standards, also when it comes to the protection of your personal data. Accordingly, we have a range of internal procedures and policies designed to ensure that we live up to our high security standard and thus comply with the requirements for implementation of suitable technical and organizational security measures. Thereby, we do our best to safeguard the quality and integrity of your personal data.

If you need to send us sensitive personal data, we recommend that you use encryption, such as secure email or code-protected files (Word or PDF format).

Your rights

In accordance with the provisions of the Data Protection Act you may request:

  • which of your personal data we are processing,
  • rectification of your personal data being processed by us,
  • erasure of your personal data being processed by us,
  • limitations being placed on our processing of your personal data,
  • data portability (the right for you to obtain and reuse your personal data).

You may at any given time file complaints to the Data Protection Agency: https://www.dat.fo

Links to other websites, etc.

Our website has links to other websites or to integrated websites. The Faroe Islands Legal Aid is not responsible for the content of the websites of other companies (third-party websites) or for the practices of such companies regarding the collection of personal data.

When you visit other websites, you should always read their policies on protection of personal information and other relevant policies.

Changes to our privacy policy

We reserve the right to change this privacy policy based on material changes in legislation, new technological solutions, new or improved features, or to improve our website.