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IV. Governance issues


Nothing to report under this section.

Open government

Cyprus does not have an access to information law. Although such a law exists in the northern part of Cyprus, it has been very poorly implemented.1 A civil society initiative2 is currently working to promote and advance the right to know in both the northern and southern parts of Cyprus.

Other development

Nothing to report under this section.

International obligations 

The Republic of Cyprus is a member of the Council of Europe and has signed and ratified the Convention for the Protection of Individuals with Regard to Automatic Processing of Personal Data No. 108.3 Cyprus is a signatory to the European Convention for the Protection of Human Rights and Fundamental Freedoms and its Additional Protocols.4 Cyprus has also signed and ratified the Additional Protocol to the Convention regarding supervisory authorities and transborder data flows5 and the Council of Europe's Convention on Cybercrime. The Law ratifying the Cybercrime Convention provides for the establishment of criminal offences of the acts described in Chapter II of the Convention, such as illegal access, illegal interception, data interference, system interference, etc. and their respective penalties.