European Data Protection Digest

Supreme Court: Data Retention Law Breaches Constitution

PRIVACY LAW—CYPRUS

February 18, 2011

The Cyprus Supreme Court has decided that some provisions of the country's law on data disclosures violate the Cyprus Constitution. The 1 February ruling specifically responded to complaints about a provision in the law granting police access to retained telecommunications data. The court ruled that such a provision goes beyond the parameters of the EU Data Retention Directive, which does not address access to retained data, EDRI-gram reports. The decision responded to four complaints following the issuance of court orders for police confiscation of telephone numbers and call records. Three of the four court orders have been annulled.
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