x

Society

EU’s New Data Protection Rules Cause Confusion on Cyprus

May 28, 2018

The European Union’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) that began May 25 is aimed at offering safeguards for Internet users but on Cyprus at least has resulted in a number of companies uncertain how to ask for consent, and some facing fines.

Inboxes and phones across Europe have been bombarded with all types of creative emails and texts asking them to consent to staying in touch and on Cyprus has seen uneven application and uncertainty, the Cyprus Mail reported.

Cyprus’ Personal Data Protection Commissioner Irini Loizidou Nicolaidou said many companies have asked for consent the wrong way. The regulation stipulates explicit consent must be given by consumers and be specific, informed, freely given and unambiguous.

If the data was gained improperly the first time around – such as by a company selling data – then even asking those people for their permission was also in breach of the regulation, under the new rules, the paper said.

Two kinds of requests of consent have been circulating on the island and one of them was wrong, the report said, as it asked people to reply to the company’s message if they wanted to continue receiving emails and messages. “Let’s stay in touch!” and “keep receiving our offers!” were some of the taglines. If you sent no reply the company was required to delete your data.

The second kind of request sent messages that if there was no response then the company would accept that as consent for information to keep being sent but Nicolaidou told the Sunday Mail that was wrong and subject to a fine up to 4 percent of a company’s annual revenue or as much as 20 million euros ($23.29 million).

RELATED

ΝΙCOSIA - An investigation into conditions on an intercity bus on Cyprus that passengers said was so dirty they couldn't see out the windows was ordered after it broke down on a highway and caught fire.

Top Stories

General News

FALMOUTH, MA – The police in Falmouth have identified the victim in an accident involving a car plunging into the ocean on February 20, NBC10 Boston reported.

General News

NEW YORK – Meropi Kyriacou, the new Principal of The Cathedral School in Manhattan, was honored as The National Herald’s Educator of the Year.

General News

PHILADELPHIA – The Federation of Hellenic Societies of Philadelphia and Greater Delaware Valley announced that the Evzones, the Presidential Guard of Greece will be participating in the Philadelphia Greek Independence Day Parade on March 20.

Video

Mission…to Alonnisos, a TNH Documentary

O oceanic you sing and sail White on your body and yellow on your chimeneas For you're tired of the filthy waters of the harbors You who loved the distant Sporades You who lifted the tallest flags You who sail clear through the most dangerous caves Hail to you who let yourself be charmed by the sirens Hail to you for never having been afraid of the Symplegades (Andreas Empeirikos)   What traveler has not been fascinated by the Greek islands, drawn by the Sirens’ song of a traveler’s dreams? TNH and our video show ‘Mission’ marked the change of the season by transporting viewers into the heart of summer.

Enter your email address to subscribe

Provide your email address to subscribe. For e.g. abc@xyz.com

You may unsubscribe at any time using the link in our newsletter.