Privacy rights in Cyprus

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Privacy rights in Cyprus are guaranteed by the constitution from 1960 with a revision in 2013.

Right to Privacy in Cyprus

ARTICLE 15

1. Every person has the right to respect for his private and family life.

2. There shall be no interference with the exercise of this right except such as is in accordance with the law and is necessary only in the interests of the security of the Republic or the constitutional order or the public safety or the public order or the public health or the public morals or for the protection of the rights and liberties guaranteed by this Constitution to any person.

ARTICLE 17

1. Every person has the right to respect for, and to the secrecy of, his correspondence and other communication if such other communication is made through means not prohibited by law.

2. There shall be no interference with the exercise of this right, unless such interference is permitted in accordance with the law, in the following cases:

A.Of convicted or unconvicted prisoners.

B.Following a court order issued pursuant to the provisions of the law, upon an application by the Attorney-General of the Republic, and interference shall constitute a measure which is necessary in a democratic society only in the interests of the security of the Republic or for the prevention, investigation or prosecution of the following serious criminal offences:

a.Premeditated murder or homicide,

b.trafficking in adult or minor human beings and offences relating to child pornography,

c.trade, supply, cultivation or production of narcotic drugs, psychotropic substances or dangerous drugs,

d.offences relating to coin or bank note of the Republic, and

e.offences relating to corruption in respect of which, in case of conviction, a sentence of imprisonment of five years or more is provided.

C.Following a court order issued in accordance with the provisions of the law, for the investigation or prosecution of a serious criminal offence in respect of which, in case of conviction, a sentence of imprisonment of five years or more is provided and the interference concerns access to relevant electronic communication data of movement and position and to relevant data which are necessary for the identification of the subscriber or and the user.