SUBJECT RIGHTS UNDER CYPRUS PROCESSING OF PERSONAL DATA LAW 2001

Protection of private information in Cyprus is governed by the Processing of Personal Data Law 138(1), which went into effect November 23 2001. It addresses individuals’ privacy issues arising out of the collection, storage, processing, and use of personal data. The law’s objective is to protect the fundamental rights of individuals, called “data subjects,” and to fully set out specific obligations for processors of personal data, or “data controllers.” The goal of enlightened personal data protection is to secure individual information against unauthorized and illegal collection, unwarranted recordings, and illegitimate further usage. The law requires the creation of a regime of legal data rights and informs the subjects of these individual rights. Included are the right to own one's personal information and the right to decide upon who gets access to personal data; the law also allows the possibility of protecting one's personal information by submitting complaints before the Office of the Commissioner for the Protection of Personal Data as to breaches of the law.

The following questions have been addressed in this article:

Does the Cyprus Constitution Protect Privacy?
What are the Basic Rights Guaranteed Under Cyprus Data Protection Law?
Did the EU Demand Changes from the Original Cyprus Data Privacy Law?

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