Legislative Proposal on the Processing of Personal Data

The Cypriot Commissioner of Personal Data Protection has concluded a legislative proposal which aims to transpose the EU Regulation 2016/679, on the protection of natural persons with regard to the processing of personal data on the free movement of such data, into national law. The suggested legislation contains the relevant provisions pertaining to the processing of personal data of natural persons and the protection of the fundamental rights and freedoms within the European Union.

The draft law, amongst others, defines the term ‘biometric data’ as “personal data resulting from specific technical processing relating to the physical, physiological or behavioural characteristics of a natural person, which allow or confirm the unique identification of that natural person, such as facial images or fingerprint data”. For the purposes of the suggested legislation proposal, personal data is defined as “any form of information regarding to an identified or identifiable natural person who can be identified, either directly or indirectly, particularly through an identifiable characteristic referring to specific physical, physiological, mental, or genetic identity of that specific natural person”.

The procedure for processing of personal data will be handled by a competent body which will be responsible to supervise its processing. The identification of the personal data will be made by the Cypriot Organisation for the Promotion of Quality (CYS-CYSAB) which has been appointed as the national organization of identification. 

Our team of legal professionals possesses years of expertise and knowledge, and can best advise you and keep you updated on this new regulation. Feel free to contact Mr. Stephanos Evangelides, Director of Legal Services at Evangelides & Partners at or Mr. Charles Savva, Managing Director, Tax & Immigration Advisor at Savva & Associates at for an initial consultation. 

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