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III. Privacy topics

Internet and consumer privacy


Law No. 3471/2006 prohibits communication through email, fax, or other electronic media without the data subject's prior consent.


No specific information has been provided under this section.

Online behavioural marketing and search engine privacy

No specific information has been provided under this section.

Online social networks and virtual communities

No specific information has been provided under this section.

Online youth safety

The Greek Awareness Centre was set up under the auspices of the European Commission and within the framework of the "Safer Internet" programme. The main goals of are: to protect minors from illegal and harmful content, contact, and conduct; create awareness and educate parents about the ways they can protect themselves and their children from the potential dangers of the improper use of online technologies; educate teachers about the safe use of the Internet; encourage dialogue between minors and parents on the proper use of online technologies and safety issues; and promote online safety and critical thinking. In order to achieve these goals, the Greek Awareness Centre is  organising a variety of awareness activities such as informative seminars aimed at the wider public, train-the-trainers workshops for educators, mass media promotion of Internet safety issues, and the creation of multimedia materials for use online, in print, and on TV and radio. The Awareness Centre collaborates with representatives of the government, the online technology industry, and NGOs in Greece and abroad whose primary goal is the provision of a safer online environment.1

SafeLine started operations on 14 April 2003. It is the only Internet hotline in Greece that accepts reports of illegal online content, and as of 18 October 2005 is an official member of INHOPE (International Association of Internet Hotlines). SafeLine's first priority is to eliminate photographic and audiovisual material that portrays the ill-treatment of minors and to safeguard children's right of safe online surfing. Also of primary concern to SafeLine is children's harassment via the Internet or mobile phone, as well as. violence, racism, xenophobia, and in general anything that can be considered illegal under Greek Legislation.2

Workplace privacy

In 2008, the HDPA received a request from an investment bank to grant a permit to install and operate a biometric system using the fingerprints of employees for access control to specific electronic banking applications.3 The HDPA decided that while this system is not in principle contrary to the provisions of Law No. 2472/1997, as it is aimed exclusively at access control for specific employees executing transactions involving large funds. The HDPA decided that where the purpose of the processing is aimed at securing the execution of transactions and preventing money laundering or other illegal actions, it is lawful.4

Health and genetic privacy

Medical records

No specific information has been provided under this section.

Genetic identification

No specific information has been provided under this section.

Financial privacy

Information related to citizens' taxation is classified. Nevertheless, attempting to fight tax evasion, the Greek government allowed the posting on the site of General Secretary of Information Systems ( of information such as the name, surname, net income, and applied tax of tax payers.5

Tiresias SA is an unlimited company established by banks, who are also its shareholders. Tiresias SA specialises in the collection and supply of credit profile data about corporate entities and private individuals and the operation of a consumer credit risk consolidation system. Additionally, the company develops interbanking information systems and provides information and communication services to the parties directly concerned. In fact, every credit card debt, loan, bounced cheque, bankruptcy, etc., is reported to and archived by Tiresias for banks operating in Greece to access.